Rural Business Development Grant

 

To promote sustainable economic development and facilitate the development of small and emerging private business, industry, and related employment for improving the economy in rural communities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.351
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, Section 310B, 7 U.S.C 1932.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants eligible for RBD grants are government entities, Indian tribes or nonprofit corporations serving rural areas such as States, counties, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, authorities, districts and Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations which will serve rural areas. Applicants eligible for TD grants are statewide, private, nonprofit, public television systems whose coverage is predominantly rural. Rural area for this program is defined as a city, town, or unincorporated area that has a population of 50,000 inhabitants or less, other than an urbanized area immediately adjacent to a city, town, or unincorporated area that has a population in excess of 50,000 inhabitants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Rural communities and small and emerging private business enterprises which will employ 50 or less new employees and have less than $1.0 million in projected gross revenue. Government entities, private nonprofit corporations, and Federally recognized Indian tribes that receive the grant to assist a business type operation. Grants are not made directly to a business.
Credentials/Documentation
Evidence of legal capacity, economic feasibility, and financial responsibility relative to the activity for which assistance is requested. 2 CFR 200 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Application coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR and 2 CFR 400-418 applies to this program. Application Form SF-424 is filed at the Rural Development local office. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR and 2 CFR 400-418 must be used for this program.
Award Procedure
After the application has been reviewed by the RD local office, it is forwarded to the RD State Office for review and processing instructions. Following approval by the State Office, funds are made available to the local office for final delivery. Notification of awards must be made to the designated State Central Information Reception Agency.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. 30 to 90 days.
Appeals
Adverse actions by RBS in connection with this program may be appealed by contacting the Area Supervisor of the USDA National Appeals Division. Appeals will be handled in accordance with 7 CFR 1900-B and 7 CFR part 11.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Projects selected for funding should, as much as practical, adhere to the following priorities: (1) Projects which will be located in communities having a large portion of their population with low incomes; (2) projects which will save existing jobs; (3) projects which will create jobs; and (4) projects located in areas with high unemployment rate.
How may assistance be used?
Rural business development grants (RBDG) can be divided into 3 types of grants: Business opportunity, Business enterprise and Television demonstration grants. Funds may be used to assist in the economic development of rural areas by providing technical assistance, training, and planning for businesses. Business enterprise type grants may be used to create, expand, or operate rural distance learning networks or programs that provide educational or job training instruction related to potential employment or job advancement for adult students; develop, construct or acquisition land, buildings, plants, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utility extensions, necessary water supply and waste disposal facilities; refinancing; services and fees; and to establish a revolving loan fund. Television demonstration grant (TDG) funds may be used for television programming to demonstrate the effectiveness of providing information on agriculture. Rural business development grants (RBDG) can be divided into 3 types of grants: Business opportunity, Business enterprise and Television demonstration grants. Funds may be used to assist in the economic development of rural areas by providing technical assistance, training, and planning for businesses. Business enterprise type grants may be used to create, expand, or operate rural distance learning networks or programs that provide educational or job training instruction related to potential employment or job advancement for adult students; develop, construct or acquisition land, buildings, plants, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utility extensions, necessary water supply and waste disposal facilities; refinancing; services and fees; and to establish a revolving loan fund. Television demonstration grant (TDG) funds may be used for television programming to demonstrate the effectiveness of providing information on agriculture.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Periodic reports are made to RD. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Periodic reports are made to RD. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Progress reports are not applicable. Periodic reports are made to RD. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Periodic reports are made to RD. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget. Intermediaries must submit quarterly reports on lending activity, income and expenses, financial condition and progress, and an annual budget.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
The grantee shall maintain adequate records and accounts to assure that grant funds are used for authorized purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or specific matching requirements. Funds are allocated to States on rural population and percent of nonmetropolitan per capita income. On occasion, the allocation to States may not be practical due to funding or administrative constraints. In these cases, funds will be controlled by the National Office.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, 90 – 120 days, subject to the availability of funding. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant funds are disbursed in multiple draws, generally on a reimbursement basis upon the written request of the grantee. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. Consult your telephone directory for RD local office number. If not listed, get in touch with appropriate Rural Development State Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Rural Business-Cooperative Services, Specialty Programs Division, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 4204, Stop 3226, , Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: 202-720-1400
Website Address
http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-0406-0-1-452.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $27,835,146; FY 15 est $27,835,146; and FY 16 est $24,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$25,000 to $500,000. Average is less than $100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 4284, Subpart B.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 


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