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Rural Grocery Specialist Program

Rural Grocery Initiative
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


The Rural Grocery Specialist Program is a training for resource professionals to better support rural grocers through business transition. The Rural Grocery Initiative works to support healthy food options, jobs, local tax base, and attraction/retention of residents in rural communities.

The program consists of 7 core modules, delivered in a self-paced, online format. The course also includes homework assessments, interactive discussion boards, and two Zoom meetings.

Modules include:

  • Assessment of grocery attitudes and relationship building
  • Transition planning fundamentals
  • Business valuation fundamentals
  • Communicating about transition
  • Finding new ownership
  • Buyer funding and hiring a manager
  • Into the future and additional resources

Course dates and information


The course is designed for cooperative extension professionals, economic developers, and other resource providers who support rural grocers and rural community vitality.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

The registration cost is $685.

Application process

A link to the online registration form is available on the program website.

Tagged as
Community and economic development · Food security and nutrition · Health workforce education and training

For complete information about funding programs, including your application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes or monitor application status.