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28 Feb
2023

United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Business Development

  Grant Amount: Not Specified

Information

The United States Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to the Rural Business Development grant program.

This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Funds must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

There are two types of RBDG projects, Opportunity grants and Enterprise grants.

Opportunity type funds may be used as follows:

  • Community economic development.
  • Technology-based economic development.
  • Feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.
  • Rural business incubators.
  • Long-term business strategic planning.

Enterprise type funds may be used as follows:

  • Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling and training, market research, feasibility studies, professional or/technical reports, or producer service improvements.
  • Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation of buildings; plants, machinery, equipment, access for streets and roads; parking areas and utilities.
  • Pollution control and abatement.
  • The capitalization of revolving loan funds, including funds that will make loans for start-ups and working capital.
  • Rural distance learning for job training and advancement for adult students.
  • Rural transportation improvement.
  • Community economic development.
  • Technology-based economic development.
  • Feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.
  • Rural business incubators.
  • Long-term business strategic planning.

Eligibility

Rural public entities including, but not limited to:

Towns.
Communities.
State agencies.
Authorities.
Nonprofit corporations.
Institutions of higher education.
Federally-recognized tribes.
Rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation).

Category

  • Community Development
  • Education / Job Training
  • Other / Miscellaneous