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Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG)

The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Program Status: CLOSED

Estimated Program Funding: $2.6 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: None

Grant Program Information

Am I eligible to apply? How do I apply?  
Public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, and rural cooperatives are eligible to apply.
 Each fiscal year, applications are solicited through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register.  You will need to follow the information in the NOFA and the Program Regulation.
 
     
What can I do with the grant? If I get the grant, what’s next?  
Grant funds must be used for projects in rural areas and they can be used for:
   - Community economic development
   - Technology-based economic    development
   - Feasibility studies and business plans
   - Leadership and entrepreneur training
   - Rural business incubators
   - Long-term business strategic planning
 

 You will need to complete required paperwork and comply with the terms and conditions of the award.  Contact your nearest Rural Development office for details.


 
     
What resources are available? What if I have a question?  
Recipient forms
Application Check List
Third-Party Contributions Template
Applicant Contributions Template
Budget Template
Contact your nearest Rural Development office or check out our Frequently Asked Questions.  



For more information on Cooperatives including other funding opportunities, please visit our main page.

Last Modified:03/20/2014 
 
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