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Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG) in Minnesota

Grants to Minnesota Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs
for Business Development in Non-Urban Areas

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development

Deadline Date:

03/31/20

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota agencies, nonprofits, IHEs, tribes, and cooperatives to promote economic development in non-urban areas. Funding is intended for programs that promote the development of small or new businesses and provide adult education opportunities to further employment.

Enterprise type grant funds must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include:

  • Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling/training, market research, feasibility studies, professional/technical reports, or product/service improvements
  • Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation, of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utilities
  • Pollution control and abatement
  • Capitalization of revolving loan funds including funds that will make loans for start-ups and working capital
  • Distance adult learning for job training and advancement
  • Rural transportation improvement
  • Community economic development
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training
  • Rural business incubators
  • Long-term business strategic planning

Opportunity type grant funding must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:

  • Community economic development
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training
  • Rural business incubators
  • Long-term business strategic planning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167073

Estimated Size of Grant:

Generally, grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000.

There is no maximum grant amount for enterprise type grants; however, smaller requests are given higher priority.

Total opportunity type grant funding is limited statutorily to up to 10% of the total RBDG annual funding.

Eligibility:

  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Incorporated not-for-profit entity
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State Agencies

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are rural public entities including, but not limited to:
- Towns
- Communities
- State agencies
- Authorities
- Nonprofit Corporations
- Institutions of Higher Education
- Federally recognized Tribes
- Rural Cooperatives

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: March 31, 2020

Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development’s local or State offices, https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices, once per year. Applicants are advised to view program information specific to your local or State office to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc.

To check eligible areas: https://eligibility.sc.egov.usda.gov/eligibility/welcomeAction.do

To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact your State Office for applications:
https://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices

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