Program Description

RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

General Program Requirements

RBDG funds must be directed for projects benefiting rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Check eligible areas.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development's local or State offices once per year. Applicants are advised to view program information specific to your local or State office to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc.

Grant awardees will need to complete required paperwork and comply with the terms and conditions of the award. Contact your local or State office for details.

Program Contact Information

Tedd Buelow
Native American Coordinator
Tedd.Buelow@usda.gov
720-544-2911
http://www.rd.usda.gov/

Additional Information

Length of ProgramAnnual appropriations
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)30
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?non-profits, cooperatives, state agencies
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeMandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.351
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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