Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Services include facilitating strategic planning, board of director training, member surveys, and feasibility analysis.
Services are limited to rural residents, including groups interested in forming cooperatives as well as established cooperatives.
Farmer and rural cooperatives and rural residents in all U.S.
States and Territories.
Ultimate beneficiaries must be located in rural areas.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Requests for technical assistance for an established cooperative should come from the cooperative?s board of directors. Requests for assistance with forming a cooperative should be from a steering committee on behalf of the interested group. All requests must be in writing and submitted to the National Office.
Requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to available staff resources.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Requests are typically approved/disapproved within 30-60 days.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is available year-round. Assistance is typically provided for specific activities that will take less than a year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No funds are disbursed to recipients. Assistance is provided directly by Agency staff.
Post Assistance Requirements
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. No additional audit procedures are required for this program.
No record retention is required.
(Advisory Services on Compliance) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - No funds are available for obligation. Agency staff time is the only available resource for this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
USDA, Rural Business-Cooperative Services, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Mail Stop 3201, Room 5803-South , Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: email@example.com Phone: 202-690-1374
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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