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Rural Utility Service Loans and Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) offers low-interest loans and grants to fund renewable energy development in rural areas of the country. Loans are available for various types of renewable energy sources, as well as the associated electrical distribution and/or transmission facilities required to interconnect the project. A wide range of potential applicants that provide retail electric service needs to rural areas or supply the power needs of distribution borrowers in rural areas are eligible. USDA publishes a Notice of Funding Availability in the Federal Register to announce when applications are accepted.
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Rural Business Opportunity Grants
USDA offers grants that promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Typically, the grants go toward paying the costs of providing economic planning for rural communities, technical assistance for rural businesses, or training for rural entrepreneurs or economic development officials.
To be eligible for a Rural Business Opportunity Grant, applicants may be public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes on Federal or State reservations and other Federally recognized tribal groups, and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents. Projects eligible for Rural Business Opportunity Grant funding are awarded competitively based on selection criteria specified in the notice of funding availability.
Grant funds may 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