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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:

03/31/21 4:30 PM local time - Receipt

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/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 streets and roads, parking areas, 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 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 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. Total opportunity type grant funding is limited statutorily to up to 10% of the total RBDG annual funding.

Term of Contract:

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

A Project must reasonably be expected to be completed within 1 full year after it has begun.

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

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:

Applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. local time on March 31, 2021.

Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development’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.

All applicants must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at: (866) 705–5711 or at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to submitting an application and maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by the Agency. All other restrictions in this notice will apply.

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 applications:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices

Direct questions to:
David Chestnut, Branch Chief, Program Management Division, at (202) 692–5233, or david.chestnut@usda.gov

Rural Business-Cooperative Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW, MS 3226, Room 5801-South
Washington, DC 20250–3226

O r call (202) 720–1400

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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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