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Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG)

Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) are used promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. This is accomplished by making grants to pay costs of providing economic planning for rural communities, technical assistance for rural businesses, or training for rural entrepreneurs or economic development officials.

To be eligible for an RBOG,  applicants must be a public body, nonprofit corporation, Indian tribe, or cooperative with members that are primarily rural residents. You must have significant expertise in the activities you propose to carry out with the grant funds and financial strength to ensure you can accomplish the objectives of the proposed grant. You must be able to show that the funding will result in economic development of a rural area (which is defined as any area other than a city or town that has a population of greater than 50,000 inhabitants and the urbanized area contiguous and adjacent to such a cities or towns). Your project must include a basis for determining the success or failure of the project and assessing its impact.

Grant funds may not be used for duplication of current services or replace or substitute support previous provided; pay costs of preparation of application; costs incurred prior to effective date of the grant; fund political activities; or the acquisition of real estate, building construction or development.

For more information about the program, please contact the  USDA Rural Development Area Office nearest you. 

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 Last modified: March 26, 2010