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USDA Offers Grants Co-op Development Centers
Nebraska Ag Connection - 06/12/2018

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett has announced that USDA is seeking applications for grants under USDA's Rural Cooperative Development Grant program (RCDG).

This program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Public bodies, for-profit business and individuals are not eligible. USDA expects to award up to $5.8 million for FY 2018.

The maximum grant award is $200,000. Grants may be used to develop and operate a Rural Cooperative Development Center that could provide the following technical assistance and other services to rural businesses:

- Conducting feasibility studies

- Developing business plans

- Providing leadership and operational improvement training

Questions about the application process may be directed to the Rural Development State Office where the applicant is located. For a list of offices, visit the state office website. Paper applications are due July 30, 2018. Electronic applications are due July 24. For more information, scontact Brant Richardson at 402-437-5568 brant.richardson@ne.usda.gov or Marla Marx at 308-632-2195 ext. 132 marla.marx@ne.usda.gov.

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