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Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) in New Hampshire

Grants to New Hampshire Nonprofits, Agencies, and Development
Corporations to Promote Business Development in Rural Areas

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US Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

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03/31/19 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants starting from $10,000 to New Hampshire nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and development corporations to develop small businesses in rural areas. Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support training, technical assistance, technological innovation, e-connectivity, and other activities benefitting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program in New Hampshire is a competitive grant 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 which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue.

This program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate the development of emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment-related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBDGs may fund a broad array of activities.

Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Rural Business Enterprise Activities: Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) funds may be used for the acquisition and development of land, easements and rights-of-way; construction or repairs of buildings, machinery, equipment, roadways, utilities, and pollution control and abatement facilities; provision of loans for startup operating cost and working capital; professional services necessary for project planning and development; establishment of a revolving loan fund; development or operation of rural distance learning networks and/or programs for adult students; technical assistance for small and emerging businesses; technical assistance and training to rural communities related to passenger transportation services; loan participations.

Rural Business Opportunity Activities: Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) funds may be used for the identification and analysis of business opportunities that will use local rural materials or human resources (including feasibility and business plan studies); technical assistance or leadership development training to rural entrepreneurs and managers; establish business support centers; conduct local or multi-county economic development planning; establish training centers which provide training to rural businesses in the utilization of interactive communication technologies to develop international trade and markets; pay fees and charges for professional services necessary to conduct technical assistance, training, or planning functions.

Agency Priorities: The majority of business sectors can be assisted by the program. However, USDA Rural Development is placing specific emphasis on Infrastructure, Partnership and Innovation in the following areas:

1. E-Connectivity (reliable and affordable high-speed internet)
2. Economic development
3. Harnessing technological innovation
4. Supporting a rural workforce
5. Improving the quality of life for rural America

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GrantWatch ID#: 154495

Number of Grants:

The agency anticipates making approximately six grants using this notice.

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Due to limited statewide funding, applications of $30,000 or less are encouraged. Generally, grants range from $10,000 to $500,000.

Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total RBDG annual funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for grant funds include non-profits, municipalities, development corporations, and state agencies.

Pre-proposal Conference:

USDA Rural Development will host an applicant workshop on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 1 – 4 pm at 10 Ferry Street, Second Floor Conference Room, Concord NH.

The purpose of this workshop is to ensure RBDG applicants submit the most competitive application possible.

The meeting is optional, but USDA Rural Development encourages you to attend. Please contact Cindi Gelinas should you have any questions.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should submit a Letter of Intent to USDA Rural Development either by mail or email no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, January 4, 2019. If this deadline is not met, please contact USDA Rural Development to move forward with the application process.

USDA Rural Development staff will provide feedback on letters of intent by January 18, 2019.

Application Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019. Completed applications must be received by the USDA Rural Development offices no later than 4:30 pm on Monday, April 1, 2019.

To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All LOI and applications should be sent to the attention of:

Cindi Gelinas, Business Programs Loan Assistant
10 Ferry Street, Suite 218
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 223-6037

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