Rural Business Programs

Our business programs work in partnership with the private sector and community-based organizations to provide financial assistance and business planning. Eligible entities include corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, public bodies, nonprofit corporations, private companies, Indian tribes and farmers. Our business programs also finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and support value-added agriculture.


  • Which Rural Development office should I contact? Check out this map.
  • Need a summary of all Rural Development business programs? Check out this spreadsheet.
  • Need to know if your area is considered rural and eligible for Rural Development programs? Visit our eligibility page.
  • Minnesota Highlights

    2013 Investments

    Business & Industry Guaranteed Loans | $19.6 million

    Rural Economic Development Loans & Grants | $3.3 million

    Rural Energy for America Program | $2.3 million

    Value Added Producer Grants | $1.2 million

    Rural Cooperative Development Grants | $600,000

    Rural Business Enterprise Grants | $466,338

    Small, Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants | $375,000

    Rural Business Opportunity Grants | $113,230

    Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program | $15,431

     

    Rural Business Programs

  • B&I | Business & Industry Loan Guarantees
  • Energy Programs
  • VAPG | Value-Added Producer Grants
  • REDLG | Rural Economic Development Loans and Grant
  • RBOG | Rural Business Opportunity Grants
  • RBEG | Rural Business Enterprise Grants
  • IRP | Intermediary Relending Program
  • SSDPG | Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grants
  • RCDG | Rural Cooperative Development Grants
  • RMAP | Rural Mircroentrepreneur Assistance Program