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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Business Development Grants

Deadline: March 29, 2019

Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG) are designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1,000,000 in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Enterprise grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas. Uses may include:

  • Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling/training, market research, feasibility studies, professional/technical reports, or product/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
  • Capitalization of revolving loan funds, including funds that will make loans for start-ups and working capital
  • Distance adult learning for job training and advancement
  • 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

Opportunity grants can be used for:

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

Amount: There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000-$500,000. Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10% of the total RBDG annual funding.

Eligibility: Rural public entities including, but not limited to: towns; communities; state agencies; authorities; nonprofits; institutions of higher education; federally-recognized tribes; and rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation). Funds must be used for projects benefiting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. To check eligible areas see: http://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do?pageAction=RBSmenu

Link: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants

Note: Applicants are encouraged to consult with Rural Development staff well in advance of filing an application so that they can assist in the application process. The New Mexico contact is Jesse Monfort Bopp at (505) 761-4952 or email jesse.bopp@nm.usda.gov.

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