United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development (USDA RD)
08/10/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Grants to USA nonprofit corporations and IHEs to expand business development in rural communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least one month to complete. Funding is intended to support the establishment and operation of centers for cooperative development that assist businesses in rural areas. Project funds may also be used for programs providing for the coordination of services and sharing of information among the centers.
The primary objective of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals and businesses in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers.
All project activities must be for the benefit of a rural area. Applications must demonstrate the provision of services to new customers or new services to current customers.
Funds may be used for operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of work that the Centers can do are:
Note that the Center can be located in any area, but the individuals and business assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.
GrantWatch ID#: 170336
The maximum award amount per grant is $200,000.
Your application must include no more than a one-year grant period, or it will not be considered for funding. The grant period should begin no earlier than October 1, 2021, and no later than January 1, 2022. Applications that request funds for a grant period ending after January 1, 2023, will not be considered for funding. Projects must be completed within a one-year timeframe. The Agency may approve requests for a one-time extension up to 12 months at its discretion.
The Agency understands that fiscal year 2019 or 2020 recipients may have had loss of operations due to COVID–19 and the Agency will work with them in accordance with OMB Memorandum M–20–17 and 2 CFR 200.308 to determine an acceptable grant period if they are awarded RCDG funds in fiscal year 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For further information, contact:
Program Management Division
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Contact information for State offices can be found at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices
For questions, you may also contact:
National Office Program Management Division
RCDG Program Lead
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Mail Stop–3226, Room 5160–South
Washington, DC 20250–3226
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