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USDA Seeks Grant Applications to Support Rural Businesses

Samantha Evenson
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USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to support rural businesses and help create jobs through the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. 

"The RBDG is one of the more innovative, flexible ways we can help rural and small businesses, and non-profits, increase economic opportunities and provide jobs for rural North Dakotans,” said Ryan Taylor, USDA Rural Development state director. “If you have an idea for your community or tribal nation, or for a new rural business, don't let this deadline pass by. We want to be a part of giving those ideas some of the financial traction to succeed.”

The RBDG program, authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill, is designed to assist the startup or expansion of small and emerging private businesses and/or non-profits in rural communities. Eligible applicants include public bodies, government entities, Indian tribes and non-profit organizations.

Grant funding can be used to acquire or develop land, buildings, plants and equipment; build or improve access roads, parking areas, utility extensions, and water and waste disposal facilities; provide technical assistance; establish revolving loan funds; and to support rural distance learning programs that provide educational or job training. 

Since 2010, USDA Rural Development in North Dakota has financed over $5.5 million to 77 recipients through the RBDG program. Applications are accepted year round, but to receive funding in 2017 applications should be submitted to the North Dakota office by 4:30 p.m. on March 31. For additional information on how to apply, contact our office at (701) 530-2037 or visit our website at http://www.rd.usda.gov/nd.