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The REDLG program provides funding to rural projects through local utility organizations. Under the REDLoan program, USDA provides zero interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility is responsible for repayment to the Agency. Under the REDGrant program, USDA provides grant funds to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish revolving loan funds. Loans are made from the revolving loan fund to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to the Agency.

Who is eligible?

To receive funding under the REDLG program (which will be forwarded to selected eligible projects) an entity must:

  • Have borrowed and repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct, or guaranteed loan received under the Rural Electrification Act or,
  • Be a not-for-profit utility that is eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Program
  • Be a current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs Borrower

What types of projects are eligible?

REDLG grantees and borrowers pass the funding on to eligible projects. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Capitalization of revolving loan funds
  • Technical assistance in conjunction with projects funded under a zero interest REDLoan
  • Business Incubators
  • Community Development Assistance to non-profits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement)
  • Facilities and equipment for education and training for rural residents to facilitate economic development
  • Facilities and equipment for medical care to rural residents
  • Telecommunications/computer networks for distance learning or long distance medical care

How to Apply

To apply for funding for the REDLG program, please contact your Rural Development State Office.

Availability of Funds

During FY 2014, approximately $91 million is available for loans and $10 million for grants.

2014 Notice of Funds Availability


Last Modified:11/20/2014 
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