Community Assessments

The Michigan Rural Council (MRC) is pleased to announce a community assessment process available to small and rural communities across the state of Michigan. This program provides an affordable opportunity to assess a community’s problems and challenges, identify assets, and define issues to be addressed. Our hope is that the assessment will serve as a community’s first step toward long-range planning.

The two goals of this project are to help small, rural communities to choose their own destinies and determine how to reach them and to aid in the assessment or re-assessment of community assets in a changed economic landscape.

The community assessment process is intended to empower communities by giving them the tools to plan for the future in the manner of their choosing. The process is locally led from the beginning, and consists of multiple listening sessions in which everyone in the community has a chance to voice their opinion (a sample agenda can be found here). After the assessment, communities are provided with an extensive written report which consists of findings from the workgroups and meetings, and opportunities and resources based upon the plans that come out of the assessment.

These assessments will be completed on a first come, first served basis. The only cost to communities is a nominal fee of $250 to assist in offsetting travel costs for the facilitation team.

The MRC is currently taking applications from communities who wish to be a part of this process.  Please view the Requests for Applications for more information and send us your completed Community Assessment Application . 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Jessica AcMoody at 517.485.3588 x 1944 or email (

Updated on July 11, 2017.