BISMARCK, ND, Jul 05, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to support regional economic development strategies and promote job creation.
“This program supports regional business development to create strong, self-sustaining rural communities,” Schneider said. “By making resources available to businesses, communities benefit through job creation and increased economic activity.”
Almost $2.5 million is available through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program. The program promotes sustainable economic development in rural communities and regions with exceptional needs.
The RBOG program provides training and technical assistance grants for business development, entrepreneurs, and economic development officials and assists with economic development planning. Funding is available to rural public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Native American tribes and cooperatives with primarily rural members that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the membership.
Applications for Rural Business Opportunity Grants are due August 1, 2011. Application instructions may be obtained from the July 1, 2011 Federal Register, page 38604, www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-07-01/html/2011-16555.htm or please contact the USDA Rural Development office in Bismarck at (701) 530-2037.