Opportunity number
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Rural Business Co-operative Service
Due date
August 10, 2021
Broadband Community Development Economic Development Education & Workforce Workforce Development
Project funding
Program funding
Funding size
Below $1M

Rural Cooperative Development Grant

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program improves the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

Grant and matching funds can be used for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of technical assistance and other services the Centers provide are:

  • Conducting feasibility studies
  • Developing business plans
  • Providing leadership and operational improvement training
  • Facilitating strategic planning

The Agency encourages applications that will support recommendations made in the Rural Prosperity Task Force report to help improve life in rural America. www.usda.gov/ruralprosperity Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.

Key strategies include:

  • Achieving e-Connectivity for rural America
  • Developing the Rural Economy
  • Harnessing Technological Innovation
  • Supporting a Rural Workforce
  • Improving Quality of Life

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?


How do you submit to this opportunity?

You may submit your application in paper form or electronically through Grants.gov. If you submit in paper form, any forms requiring signatures must include an original signature.

Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?

Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education. Public bodies, for-profit business and individuals are NOT eligible.


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