What does this program do?
This program provides a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) license to newly formed developmental capital organizations to help meet the equity capital investment needs in rural communities.
Are you a business looking for developmental capital?
This program works with for-profit developmental capital funds. Here is a list of Certified RBICs.
Are you a fund manager looking to establish a RBIC?
Please read the following carefully.
Who may apply for this program?
Eligible applicants for the RBIC license include newly formed:
- For-profit entities, or
- Subsidiary of an entity
- Must have relevant experience in venture capital or community development financing
- Must raise a minimum of $10 million in private equity capital
- May be structured as limited partnerships, limited liability companies or corporations
What is an eligible area?
There are no restrictions on the location of eligible applicants for RBIC licenses. The goal of each RBIC is to help fill the need for business and development capital in rural areas. Visit our Eligibility site to search for eligible rural areas.
How may funds be used?
- A minimum of 75 percent of funds must be made in rural areas with a population of 50,000 or less.
- A minimum of 50 percent of funds must be invested in smaller enterprises.
- A maximum of 10 percent of RBIC investments may be made in urban areas.
How do we get started?
Applications for this program are accepted on an ongoing basis.
Who can answer questions?
If you have any questions please contact RBIP@usda.gov.
What governs this program?
- Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR Part 4290
- This program is authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
Access to capital is vital to businesses and often is scarce in rural areas.
NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled "What Governs this Program?" You may also contact our National Program Office for assistance.
NOTE: Please contact RBIP@usda.gov before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in completing your application.
Preliminary Actions Required
To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). Registration does not cost money, but can take time, be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered, you do not need to do it again.
If you are interested in applying as a non-leveraged RBIC, please first read the RBIP Rules in 7 C.F.R. Part 4290 and the Application Procedure (pdf).
- Instructions For Part I (docx)
- Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) Application, Part I, Management Assessment Questionnaire (MAQ) (docx)
- Instructions For Part II (docx)
- Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC), Part II, Exhibits (docx)
- Exhibit F Instructions and Workbooks referenced in Exhibit F, RD Form 2242
- Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) Applicant Interview Questions
There are no additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements, they will be listed above.
For more information, contact RBIP@usda.gov. Persons with disabilities that require alternative means for communication should contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Target Center at (202) 720–2600 (voice).
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