Rural Business Enterprise Grants
|Area of Interest||Rural|
The Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses, help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. There is no maximum level of grant funding, but priority is given to smaller projects. Rural public entities, Indian tribes, and rural nonprofits are eligible for funding.
Any project funded under the RBEG program should benefit small and emerging private businesses in rural areas (i.e., businesses that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in projected gross revenues). Examples of eligible fund use include: acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation of buildings, machinery, equipment, utilities; pollution control and abatement; capitalization of revolving loan funds including funds that will make loans for start ups and working capital; training and technical assistance; and project planning.
|Eligible Organizations||Nonprofit, Local Government, State Government|
|How to Apply||USDA annually publishes a Notice of Solicitation of Applications in the Federal Register requesting applications for the current funding cycle. Contact a State Rural Development Office to obtain additional information and assistance. The contact information for these offices can be found at www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html.|
|For More Information||http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_rbeg.html|
|Primary Contact||Business-Cooperative Programs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-1750