Program Description

The primary objective of the SDGG program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. A socially-disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

General Program Requirements

Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible to apply for this program. Federally-recognized Tribes and tribal entities must demonstrate that they meet all definition requirements for one of the three eligible applicant types. Grant funds must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance are feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and training.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a Notice published in the Federal Register and an announcement posted on Grants.gov. Please visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/socially-disadvantaged-groups-grant for more information about the program.

RMAP Program does not have Native American Tribal set-asides only RLF direct loan and grant.

Program Contact Information

Melinda Martin
Management and Program Analyst
melinda.c.martin@wdc.usda.gov
202-720-0054

Additional Information

Length of Program1 year
Tribes Funded by this ProgramVaries; approximately 2 per year
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Other non-tribal/non-native entities
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.871
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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