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Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
Application Deadline: May 16, 2023
USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Awards grant funding to provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Aims to improve the social and economic situation of groups who have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice. Assistance is provided through local cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers.
Examples of technical assistance offered through the program include:
- Feasibility studies
- Business plans
- Strategic planning
- Leadership training
Amount of Funding
Award ceiling: $175,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 30
Estimated total program funding: $3,000,000
Who Can Apply
Applications may be submitted by individual cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially disadvantaged groups. Additionally, a majority of the board of directors or governing board of a cooperative must be comprised of individuals who are members of socially disadvantaged groups.
Eligible applicants do not need to be located in a rural area; however, groups being served by the program must be located in an eligible area defined as any area of a state not in a city or town located in a persistent poverty county with a population of 55,000 residents or less according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau data.
What This Program Funds
Capacity Building • Starting a Business
Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the Federal Register.
For program questions:
Contact the appropriate USDA Rural Development state office.
Topics This Program Addresses
Community Planning and Coalition Building • Economic Development