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Deadline: August 5, 2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant

The Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program’s primary objective is to provide technical assistance to Socially-Disadvantaged Groups. This term is defined as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

Grant funds must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance include: feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training.

Grants are available for Cooperative Development Centers, individual Cooperatives, or groups of Cooperatives that serve Socially-Disadvantaged Groups.

Amount: $3,000,000 is available, with individual awards ranging up to $175,000 each.

Eligibility: Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. A majority of the board of directors or governing board is comprised of individuals who are members of Socially-Disadvantaged Groups. The cooperative or Center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.

Link: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/socially-disadvantaged-groups-grant

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