Rural Business Opportunity Grants

To promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs.



Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the appropriate Rural Development State Office found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 1,500,000   2018-09-252020-09-25
Delta Regional Authority $ 1,478,972   2017-09-272019-09-27
Hunkpati Investments, Inc. $ 55,680   2018-04-092018-04-09
Delta Regional Authority $ 1,500,000   2017-09-272017-09-27
Makoce Waste (good Earth) Development Corporation, Inc. $ 0   2017-09-192017-09-19
Pembina, County Of $ 38,401   2016-12-142016-12-14
Turtle Mountain Band Of Chippewa Indians $ 99,613   2014-08-062016-08-17
Dickinson State University $ 63,074   2014-08-062016-08-15
Agriculture, Food & Markets, Vermont Agency Of $ 72,719   2014-08-072016-07-26
Delta Regional Authority $ 3,000,000   2016-06-132016-06-13



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used to assist in the economic development of rural areas by providing technical assistance, training, and planning for business and economic development.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants may be made to public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Federally-Recognized Native American Tribes, and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents and that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the members.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Rural communities and businesses in rural areas.

Credentials/Documentation

Evidence of legal capacity. Evidence of financial strength and expertise in activities such as proposed in the application, sufficient to ensure accomplishment of the activities and objectives described in the application. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. To be considered, all applicants shall submit the required details, forms, and documentation in accordance with the program's regulations, agency procedures, and the annual funding opportunity announcement application submission requirements

Award Procedures

All applications will be reviewed in accordance with the program's regulations agency procedures, and the annual funding opportunity announcement application requirements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, Section 741, Public Law 104-127.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Deadlines are announced via the program's annual funding opportunity announcement. Approvals are no later than Sep 30 of each fiscal year.

Appeals

Adverse decision may be appealed in accordance with procedures set out at 7 CFR 11.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funding for complete projects is limited to projects that can be completed within 2 years. Projects of longer duration may only be funded for 1 year at a time. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Grantees must provide a financial report and performance activity report quarterly while the project is in process, with a final financial and performance report due within 90 days after the project is completed.

The grantee must also submit a project evaluation report within 1 year after the project is completed.

The Agency may also require a grantee to prepare a report suitable for public distribution describing the accomplishments made through the use of the grant and, in the case where the grand funded the development or application of a ?best practice,? to describe that ?best practice.? Finally, unless exempt, all grantees must comply with the reporting requirements at 2 CFR 170.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Grantees must provide a financial report and performance activity report quarterly while the project is in process, and a project evaluation report within 1 year after the project is completed.

Grantees must provide a financial report and performance activity report quarterly while the project is in process, and a project evaluation report within 1 year after the project is completed.

Grantees must provide a financial report and performance activity report quarterly while the project is in process, and a project evaluation report within 1 year after the project is completed.

Audits

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.

Records

Project records must be maintained for three years following the completion of the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1902-0-1-452.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $24,000,000; FY 17 est $30,000,000; and FY 18 est $0 - President budget not approved as of this date.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Varies from year to year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Implementing regulations are published in the Federal Register (64 FR 71984) The CFR citation is 7 CFR 4284, Subpart G.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate Rural Development State Office found at http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Administrator of Cooperative 1400 Independence Ave room 4016, mailstop 3250, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Phone: 202-720-7558

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Grant selection criteria include the extent to which economic development resulting from the proposed project will be sustainable over the long term; the extent to which the project should lead to improvements in the quality of economic activity within the community, such as higher wages, improved benefits, greater career potential, and the use of higher level skills; the amount of funds from other sources; service to communities that are experiencing trauma due to a major natural disaster or the closing or major downsizing of a military facility or other major employer; service to communities that have remained consistently impoverished over the long term or have experienced long term population decline or job deterioration; and the extent of the project's usefulness as a best practice that may serve as a model for other communities.



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