Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant


To provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
7 USC 1932(e)(11).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups and whose governing board is comprised of a majority of individuals who are members of a socially-disadvantaged group. 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, as defined by 7 U.S.C. 1991(a).
An annual Federal Register notice will describe documentation requirements. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must follow the procedures described in an annual Federal Register notice.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated for eligibility for the program. Eligible applications are reviewed by a panel of experts and ranked according to published evaluation criteria. Applications are funded in rank order until available funds have been expended.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Applications are typically approved/disapproved within 60-90 days of receipt.
Applicants may appeal adverse decisions in accordance with 7 CFR Part 11. The Agency provides instructions on how to appeal with each adverse decision.
How are proposals selected?
Applications are evaluated based on 5 criteria: (1) Technical Assistance, (2) Experience, (3) Commitment, (4) Work Plan/Budget, (5) Local Support. Applicants should review the annual Federal Register notice for details on how these criteria will be scored.
How may assistance be used?
To provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Ultimate beneficiaries must be in rural areas. All available funds are discretionary funds and must be awarded through a national competition.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports must be submitted semi-annually. Expenditure reports must be submitted semi-annually using Form SF-425. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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. 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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are typically made during September each year. The Period of Performance is one year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact information for USDA Rural Development State Offices is available at:
Headquarters Office
USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Mail Stop 3253, Room 4208-South
, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-690-1374
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 est $3,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Average = $150,000
Range = $37,000 (minimum) to $175,000 (maximum).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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