1890 Land Grant Institutions Rural Entrepreneurial Outreach Program


To encourage 1890 Institutions to provide technical assistance for business creation in economically challenged rural communities, to conduct educational programs that develop and improve upon the professional skills of rural entrepreneurs, and to provide outreach and promote USDA Rural Development programs in small rural communities with the greatest economic need.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
1890 Land Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University (1890 Institutions).
Beneficiary Eligibility
The 1890 REOD Initiative is limited to residents located in a rural area as defined in 7 U.S.C. 1991(a)(13) with economic need. Location in an Empowerment Zone, Enterprise Community, Champion Community, Federally-recognized Tribal Indian groups or other Federally declared economic depressed or disaster area is sufficient evidence of economic need. Eligible beneficiaries must also be located in communities that show significant community support for the proposal. Preference will be given for projects that operate in a multi-county service area. See annual notice of funding availability for details.
Eligible applicants are 1890 Land Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University. Eligible applicants must provide matching funds equal to at least 25 percent of the amount provided by Rural Development in the cooperative agreement. See annual notice of funding availability for details. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Submit (1) Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance; (2) Form SF-424A, Budget Information--Non-Construction Programs; (3) Form SF-424B, Assurances--Non-construction Programs; (4) Form AD-1047, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension and other Responsibility Matters; (5) Form AD-1049, Certification Regarding Drug Free Workplace Requirements (6) Form SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities; and, (7) other information as requested by the annual Request For Proposals.
Award Procedure
The 1890s Institutions must submit their application to the Rural Development-Cooperative Programs National Office where it will be reviewed and scored on a competitive basis as described in the annual solicitation for proposals. If selected for an award, the applicant must complete the objectives as defined in the approved proposal.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. From 60 to 120 days after solicitation closes and application is filed with the Rural Development-Cooperative Programs.
Applicants may appeal any adverse decisions to the National Appeals Division.
This program is conducted annually and requires a new application and competition each year. Hence, renewals are not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Rural Development cooperative agreements with the 1890 Institutions must be used to strengthen the capacity of rural communities to undertake innovative, comprehensive, citizen led, long-term strategies for community and economic development. Only one application or proposal per 1890 institution per year will be accepted. Recognized outreach efforts to promote Rural Development programs in targeted underserved rural communities include, but are not limited to: (a) business startup and related technical assistance; seminars and workshops for small businesses; (b) development of management and technical assistance plans that: (1) assess small business alternatives to traditional agriculture; (2) assist in the development of business plans or loan packages, marketing, or bookkeeping; (3) assist and train small businesses in customer relations, product development, or business planning and development; (c) feasibility studies; (d) advice and recommendations regarding best practices in community economic development; (e) the conduct of seminars to stimulate business and economic development; and (f) developing computer technology outreach and establishing and maintaining a computer network system, linking community leaders and residents to available economic development information. Rural Development funds may be used to pay up to 75 percent of the costs for carrying out relevant projects. Applicants' contributions (matching 25 percent) may be in cash or in-kind contributions but must be from non-Federal funds. The applicant and assigned personnel must also have expertise and experience in providing the recommended assistance. Applicants should also have a previous record of successful implementation of similar projects and must have the expertise in the use of electronic network technologies and/or a business information system network website.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
The recipient will maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that agreement funds are used for authorized purposes. Records will also be maintained by the Rural Development--Cooperative Programs National Office National Office and RD Budget Office according to USDA and Agency record-keeping requirements.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are 25% of total program cost. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Matching funds must be spent in proportion to the spending of funds received from the cooperative agreement. All awards are for one year from the beginning of the performance period as specified in the terms and conditions of the agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate RD State Office or check the website noted in this announcement. Email: CPGrants@wdc.usda.gov.
Headquarters Office
Natalie Melton 1400 Independence Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Natalie.Melton@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-690-1371
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0 - Program is not funded, but will when funds are available. Still an accessible unit.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 3015; 7 CFR 3017; 7 CFR 3018; 7 CFR 3019; 7 CFR 3021; and, 7 CFR 3052. NOTE: Executive Order 13256 (February 12, 2002), President's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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