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Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Tribes
for Business Development in Non-Urban Areas

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development

Deadline Date:

07/06/21 Receipt - Deadline for Coastal Areas Impacted by Wildfires

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories agencies, nonprofit organizations, IHEs, tribes, and cooperatives to promote economic development in non-urban areas. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for programs that 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 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Eligible Uses:

Enterprise type grant funds must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include:

  • 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.
  • 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 type grant funding must be used for projects in rural areas and they 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167073

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$750,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no maximum grant amount for enterprise or opportunity type grants; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000. Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total Rural Business Development Grant annual funding.

Term of Contract:

Performance Period: October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are 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)

RBDG funds must be directed for projects benefitting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for completed applications must be received in the USDA Rural Development state office no later than the deadline date.

Application Deadlines:
- Transportation Systems: June 30, 2021;
- Coastal Areas Impacted by Wildfires: July 6, 2021

Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Developmentā€™s local or State offices once per year. Applicants are advised to view program information specific to your local or State office to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc. Complete applications may be submitted in paper or electronic format to the appropriate Rural Development State Office.

There is no cost sharing requirement.

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. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.

Contact Information:

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

Contact your State Office for questions and applications:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices

CFDA Number:

10.351

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USA Territories: Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)

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