Rural Business Enterprise Grants
The RBEG program provides grants for rural projects that finance and facilitate development of small and emerging rural businesses help fund distance learning networks, and help fund employment related adult education programs. To assist with business development, RBEGs may fund a broad array of activities.
There is no maximum level of grant funding. However, smaller projects are given higher priority. Generally grants range $10,000 up to $500,000.
Rural public entities (towns, communities, State agencies, and authorities), Indian tribes and rural private non-profit corporations are eligible to apply for funding.
The RBEG program is a broad based program that reaches to the core of rural development in a number of ways. Examples of eligible fund-use include:
- Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way
- Construction, conversion, or renovation of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, and utilities
- Pollution control and abatement
- Capitalization of revolving loan funds, including funds that will make loans for start ups and working capital - Training and technical assistance
- Distance adult learning for job training and advancement
- Rural transportation improvement
- Project planning.
Any project funded under the RBEG program should benefit small and emerging private businesses in rural areas. Small and emerging private businesses are those that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in projected gross revenues.
Revolving Loan Fund Template
Technical Assistance Template
Certification -- Ownership
Certification -- Project & Benefit
Certification -- Project
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