Technical Assistance to Cooperatives


To develop and administer research, technical assistance, statistical, and educational programs on finances, organization, management, legal, social, and economic aspects of rural cooperatives, focusing on farmer cooperatives.

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
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Farmer and rural cooperatives and groups of rural residents interested in forming cooperatives, Native Americans, and rural residents in all U.S. Territories.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility: Farmer/Rancher/Agriculture Producer; Rural residents.
Requests for technical assistance by an established cooperative should come from the cooperative board of directors. Requests for assistance in forming a cooperative should be made in writing from a steering committee on behalf of the interested rural group. 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 not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. A formal letter requesting assistance and including a description of the problem or nature of request is required. Send letters to either the National Office--Letter to the Deputy Administrator for Cooperative Services, Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) or State Rural Development Office--Letter to the State Director, Rural Development. Requests made to the State Office may be forwarded to the National Office. Appropriate addresses may be found at the Web site shown later in this program description.
Award Procedure
RBS considers all requests.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Requests are usually acted upon within 10 days following receipt at the National or State Offices.
Requests denied by the State Office may be appealed to the National Office.
If clients need additional assistance following formal closure of Federal assistance, a new request must be submitted.
How are proposals selected?
Requests for assistance must come from or on behalf of residents in rural areas of the United States or its territories.
How may assistance be used?
Services are limited to rural residents, including groups interested in forming cooperatives and established rural cooperatives. Publications are available to anyone.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Varies depending on the nature of the request or complexity of problem. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: There are no funds provided through this program. National Office staff may provide technical assistance to existing cooperatives or groups seeking to form a co-op. A formal request from the producers must be submitted to CP requesting assistance and we evaluate each request on a case-by-case basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Rural Development, State Office. Telephone numbers should be listed under Government in local telephone books. Visit Web site listed below.
Headquarters Office
John Wells 1400 Independance Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: 202-720-3350
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Advisory Services on Compliance) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This is for technical assistance to Cooperatives, no funds are provided.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not Applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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