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STAKEHOLDER ANNOUNCEMENT: USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Improve the Rural Economy by Strengthening Cooperative Development Centers

Vicki Schurman
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Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Joel Baxley today announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants under USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG).

This program helps improve economic conditions in rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Public bodies, for-profit business and individuals are not eligible. USDA expects to award up to $5.8 million for Fiscal Year 2019.

The maximum grant award is $200,000. Grants may be used to develop and operate a rural cooperative development center that could provide the following technical assistance and other services to rural businesses:

• Conducting feasibility studies;

• Developing business plans; and

• Providing leadership and operational improvement training.

Electronic applications must be submitted to grants.gov by June 3, 2019, at midnight. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped or sent overnight no later than June 7, 2019. Paper applications can submitted to the applicant’s nearest USDA office by June 7, 2019, at close of business local time. For more information, see page 13868 of the April 8 Federal Register.

USDA encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the report to the President from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to help improve life in rural America. Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation. Key strategies include:

• Achieving e-Connectivity for Rural America

• Developing the Rural Economy

• Harnessing Technological Innovation

• Supporting a Rural Workforce

• Improving Quality of Life