USDA is Seeking Applications to Support Rural Businesses and Create Jobs
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications to support businesses and help create jobs in rural Alaska.
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG) are competitive grants designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging, private rural businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues.
Eligible applicants for the RBDG program include non-profits, public bodies, government entities, and federally-recognized Tribes. Individuals and for-profit businesses are not eligible to apply.
Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, including: technical assistance and training to rural entrepreneurs; feasibility and business plans; establishing business support centers; conducting local economic development planning; acquiring or developing land, buildings, plants and equipment to be leased to small business enterprises; establishing revolving loan programs; and supporting rural distance learning programs that provide adult educational or job training.
Approximately $135,000 may be made available in Alaska under the RBDG Program in 2018, pending the availability of federal funds. A Native American set aside that is funded through a national competition is also available for those projects where 75 percent of the benefits of the project will be received by members of a federally recognized Tribe.
Complete applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018, and must be postmarked or delivered to no later than April 28, 2018. Emailed applications will not be accepted. In Alaska, applications should be submitted to the address below or any of our area offices:
USDA Rural Development
Alaska State Office, Attn: Robin Ezzo
800 West Evergreen, Suite 201
Palmer, AK 99645
Prior to developing an application, interested applicants are encouraged to contact our office to discuss the proposed project and application requirements with Robin Ezzo, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (907) 761-7718.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender. Last Modified: 03/01/18