Rural Development Cooperative Agreement Program

To improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal programs, services, and actions affecting rural areas.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 1,500,000   2020-09-112022-09-11
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 1,600,000   2020-09-112022-09-11
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 1,478,972   2019-07-112021-07-11
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 0   2019-06-252021-06-25
Appalachian Regional Commission $ 1,500,000   2018-09-252020-09-25
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds must be used to improve the coordination and effectiveness of Federal programs, services, and actions affecting rural areas.

Examples of allowable activities are providing leadership and entrepreneurial training,providing economic planning and development services, and assisting with outreach of Rural Development programs.

Ultimate beneficiaries must be in rural areas.

All available funds are discretionary funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are not eligible if they have been debarred or suspended or otherwise excluded from participation in Federal assistance programs under Executive Order 12549, ?Debarment and Suspension.? Applicants are not eligible if they have an outstanding judgement obtained by the U.S.

in a Federal Court (other than U.S.

Tax Court), are delinquent on the payment of Federal income taxes, or are delinquent on a Federal debt.

Any corporation that has been convicted of a felony criminal violation under any Federal law within the past 24 months or that has any unpaid Federal tax liability that has been assessed, for which all judicial and administrative remedies have been exhausted or have lapsed, and that is not being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement with the authority responsible for collecting the tax liability, is not eligible for funding.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Ultimate beneficiaries must be located in rural areas.


Applicants will be required to provide information regarding eligibility for assistance. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a proposed scope of work and budget.

Award Procedures

Applications are evaluated for eligibility for the program. Eligible applications are reviewed by the Agency and selected based on the reasonableness of the budget and on the priority of the proposed work.


Oct 01, 2017 to Jul 29, 2018 Applications should be submitted no later than July 31 for consideration under the current year?s funding availability. Applications received after July 31 will be held for consideration during the next fiscal year.


7 USC 2204b(b)(4).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Applications are typically approved/disapproved within 60-90 days of receipt.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. This program has no matching requirements. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Availability of assistance varies each year. The Period of Performance is typically one year, although the Agency may fund projects for longer time periods at its discretion. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed as often as monthly, as requested by the recipient using Form SF-270.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports must be submitted semi-annually.

Expenditure reports must be submitted semi-annually using Form SF-425.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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.


Recipients must comply with 2 CFR §§ 200.333-.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

00-0000-0-0-000 - TBD.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,498,776; FY 17 est $785,981; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available(Exp: TBD) - 2018 budget not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Average = $130,000 Range = $30,000 (minimum) to $1,000,000 (maximum).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Rural Business-Cooperative Service 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Mail Stop 3253, Room 4208-South , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-3253 Email: Phone: 202-690-1374

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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