Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG)


The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 09/05/2012 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Business and Cooperative Programs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Number of Awards Available
Other Categories
The primary objective of the program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes the following: rural business incubators; technology-based economic development; feasibility studies and business plans; long-term business strategic planning; leadership and entrepreneur training. In addition, we are encouraging applications that will support regional economic development.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grants may be made to public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes on Federal or State reservations and other Federally recognized tribal groups, and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Application Procedure
Complete paper applications must be in the USDA Rural Development State Office by the deadline date, 4 p.m. local time. Electronic applications submitted through will be accepted by the system through midnight eastern time on the deadlin
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Gail Thuner
Phone 202-720-8460
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $50,000.00


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