Strengthening Co-op Communities

Everything you need to know about the USDA Rural Business Development Grant


The USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) stands as a beacon of hope for rural communities seeking economic growth and sustainability. By combining the detailed insights from NCBA CLUSA’s Strengthening Cooperative Communities project, and the official USDA website, aspiring applicants can gain a comprehensive understanding of the program’s intricacies, eligibility criteria, and application process. Applications will compete in two separate categories, business opportunity grants and business enterprise grants, for use in funding various business and community projects that serve rural areas. The RBDG program not only empowers entrepreneurs and organizations but also leaves a lasting impact on the fabric of rural America, driving positive change one grant at a time.


Important USDA Contacts

Jim Wadsworth, Branch Chief, Cooperative Programs, Washington DC, Margaret Bau, Co-op Development, Wisconsin, Meegan Moriarty, Co-op Legal Analyst,
Debbie Rausch, Co-op Development, RD Programs, Ohio, Robi Fauser Fink, Co-op Development, RD Programs, Kentucky,


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