News Release
Release No.STELPRD4007818
ContactDane Henshall(202) 260-0996
(JANUARY 20, 2011) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR GRANTS TO PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR RURAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
Washington, D.C., Jan 20, 2011 --

@@Agriculture Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager announced today that USDA is seeking applications from entities to provide technical assistance for rural transportation systems. Funding is through USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program, which is authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).

USDA is seeking applications for two grants. Each grant is to be competitively awarded to a qualified national non-profit organization. One grant is for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation projects. The other is for the provision of technical assistance to rural transportation projects operated by federally recognized Native American Tribes. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 21, 2011. For more information on eligibility and how to apply for funding, please see today’s Federal Register notice.

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.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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