Rural Development Cooperative Agreement Program


USDA Rural Development Innovation Center in partnership with Rural Cooperative Business Service

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
7 USC 2204b(b)(4)
This includes Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) and Rural Economic Development Innovation (REDI)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants are not eligible if they have been debarred or suspended or otherwise excluded from participation in Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, "Debarment and Suspension." Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding judgement obtained by the U.S. in a Federal Court (other than U.S. Tax Court), are delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or are delinquent on a Federal debt. Any corporation that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Ultimate beneficiaries must be located in rural areas.
Applicants will be required to provide information regarding eligibility for assistance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a proposed scope of work and budget.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated for eligibility for the program. Eligible applications are reviewed by the Agency and selected based on the reasonableness of the budget and on the priority of the proposed work.
October 1, 2017 to July 29, 2018 Applications should be submitted no later than July 31 for consideration under the current year's funding availability. Applications received after July 31 will be held for consideration during the next fiscal year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Applications are typically approved/disapproved within 60-90 days of receipt.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Funds must be used to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal programs, services, and actions affecting rural areas. Examples of allowable activities are providing leadership and entrepreneurial training,providing economic planning and development services, and assisting with outreach of Rural Development programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
No additional audit procedures are required for this program.
Recipients must comply with 2 CFR ?? 200.333-.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Availability of assistance varies each year. The Period of Performance is typically one year, although the Agency may fund projects for longer time periods at its discretion. Funds are disbursed as often as monthly, as requested by the recipient using Form SF-270.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
This programs also is related to REDI
Headquarters Office
Rural Development Innovation Center
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-3253 US
Phone: 202-720-1000
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $750,000.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 18$864,580.00; FY 17$785,981.00; FY 16$2,498,776.00; - This is an initiative that was funded in 2018. No other funds has be allocated since. No other funding is scheduled as of the time of the publishing of this information.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average = $130,000 Range = $30,000 (minimum) to $1,000,000 (maximum)
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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