Published on May 06, 2022 at 1:54 p.m.
US Department of Agriculture Undersecretary for Rural Development Xochitl Torres Small recently announced that the department is accepting applications for grants to help start, expand, or improve rural cooperatives and other commonly owned businesses.
The USDA is offering Priority Points to projects that advance the Biden-Harris administration’s key priorities to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, advance equity, and fight climate change.
These additional points will increase the likelihood of funding projects aimed at addressing these critical challenges in rural America.
The USDA makes grants available through the Rural Cooperative Development Grants Program to help improve economic conditions in rural areas through cooperative development.
For fiscal year 2022, the maximum award is $200,000.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis through a national competition.
Non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning can apply for grants to provide technical and cooperative development assistance to rural individuals and businesses.
Electronic applications must be submitted to grant.gov by 11:59 p.m. on June 6.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact their local USDA State Office for Rural Development prior to the application deadline to discuss their project and ask questions.
Contact information for state offices is available at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contactus/state-offices.
Additional information on required materials and how to apply for the RCDG program can be found on page 19842 of the April 6 Federal Register.
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