The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications to support businesses and help create jobs in rural Oregon.
The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program can be used to support targeted technical assistance, training, feasibility studies, and other activities leading to the development or expansion in rural areas of small and emerging private businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues.
Approximately $300,000 may be made available in Oregon under the RBDG Program in 2018, pending the availability of federal funds. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Public bodies, government entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofits are eligible to apply. A Native American set aside that is funded through a national competition is also available.
Complete applications will be accepted beginning March 1, 2018, and applications must be received no later than April 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to:
USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Brandon Doyle
625 SE Salmon Avenue
Redmond, OR 97756
Prior to developing an application, interested applicants are encouraged to contact our office to discuss the proposed project and application requirements with Brandon Doyle, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (541) 699-3189.