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Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)

The primary objective of the RCDG program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities.

Program Status: CLOSED

Applications Accepted Beginning April 30, 2014

Estimated Program Funding: $5.8 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $200,000
Cost Sharing Requirement: 25 percent of the total project cost
                                         (5 percent for 1994 Institutions)

Grant Program Information

Am I eligible to apply? How do I apply?  
You must be a nonprofit corporation or an institution of higher education to apply for this program. Public bodies and individuals are not eligible to apply for the RCDG program.
  Each fiscal year, applications are solicited through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register. Please review the NOFA and the Program Regulation entirely and follow the included instructions.
What can I do with the grant? If I get the grant, what’s next?  
Grant funds may be used to pay for 75 percent (95 percent when the applicant is a 1994 Institution) of the cost of establishing and operating centers for rural cooperative development.
  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?  
RCDG 2014 Application Template
Applicant Cash Match
Applicant In-kind Match
Third-party Cash Match
Third-party In-kind Match
 Contact your USDA Rural Development State Office for help. Contact information for each State is located here.  

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

Last Modified:11/20/2014 
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