Funding Available to Cooperatives

Funding Available to Cooperatives

USDA Community Connect Grant Program

Awards grants for the deployment of broadband in rural communities where private sector internet service providers are unable to develop the infrastructure to provide broadband service due to economic and cost challenges. Supports efforts to achieve e-connectivity to foster economic development and employment, and improve educational and healthcare opportunities in eligible areas.

Application Deadline: Dec 23, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG)

Offers grants and zero-interest loans to local utility organizations who provide funding options for local businesses. Supports economic development in rural areas by funding projects designed to create or preserve job opportunities.

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Business and Industry Loan Guarantees

Offers programs to guarantee loans to rural businesses to increase access to business capital and improve rural economies. Allows commercial lenders to offer affordable financing to rural businesses to support business operations and create or preserve employment opportunities.

Application Deadline: Sep 15, 2021
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
High Cost Program - Connect America Fund

Offers financial support to telecommunication service providers who provide rural communities with access to high-speed broadband access, specifically in markets that do not support the infrastructure and network costs of telecommunications carriers' providing the service.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Intermediary Relending Program

Seeks to improve economic development, create employment opportunities, and reduce poverty in rural areas, especially disadvantaged and isolated communities. Offers 1% low-interest loans to local lenders known as intermediaries, that then re-lend funds to businesses in rural communities to foster community development.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Multi-Family Housing Direct Loans

Provides direct, competitive loans to support the construction, improvement, and purchase of multi-family rental housing in rural areas for families with low income, elderly people, and people with disabilities. Helps applicants gain access to financing on terms that will allow them to set rents at an affordable rate for tenants with low income. Funds may also be used to purchase or improve land and to provide necessary infrastructure for multi-family housing.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program (Farm Bill Broadband Program)

Provides loans and loan guarantees to build, improve, or acquire the facilities and equipment necessary to deliver services at the broadband lending speed to eligible rural areas. Supports projects that improve rural economies and the quality of life in rural communities. Seeks to fund projects related to technological innovation, e-connectivity, and the rural workforce.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)

Offers funding to support technical assistance and training for rural businesses that have fewer than 50 new workers and generate a gross revenue less than $1,000,000. Funds can also be used on projects to support and benefit rural businesses as specified in the grant application. Supports the expansion of rural businesses through economic development, planning, and other related activities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Strategic Economic and Community Development

Supports regional economic development plans for rural areas by providing additional financial assistance to multi-jurisdictional projects implemented through USDA Rural Development programs. Funding is intended to help projects overcome multi-jurisdictional challenges and leverage federal, state, local, and private resources in order to have a greater, regional impact on the economic conditions and quality of life in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees

Aims to improve rural communications and economic development by providing loans and technical assistance to build, improve, and further develop telecommunication services in rural communities.

Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant Inactive

Provides technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas, whose members have experienced racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity. Funds cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers that offer various types of technical assistance, including feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training, among others.

Application Deadline: Aug 10, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Build to Scale Program (B2S) Inactive

Funds technology-based economic initiatives that promote job growth, innovation, economic opportunity, global competitiveness, and the development of future industry-leading companies in regions across the U.S. Aims to help startups and companies access investment capital, grow their companies, empower entrepreneurs, and commercialize new technology.

Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsor: Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Farmers Market Promotion Program Inactive

Increases communities' access to locally and regionally produced food and agricultural products by developing, coordinating, and expanding direct producer-to-consumer operations and activities, such as domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, agritourism activities, online sales, or other market opportunities. Builds organizational capacity and provides outreach, training, and technical assistance in order to help producers achieve a greater impact on local and regional food systems.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Inactive

Develops, coordinates, and expands local and regional food business enterprises that function as intermediaries for indirect producer-to-consumer marketing with the goal of making local and regional agricultural products more available and accessible to communities. Supports both planning and implementation activities to establish, improve, or expand local or regional food businesses. Assists businesses through feasibility studies, market research, training, and technical assistance to strengthen food system infrastructure and increase sales of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Regional Food System Partnerships (RFSP) Inactive

Promotes partnerships able to connect and utilize public and private resources to strengthen regional food systems. Supports planning and implementation efforts to address unnecessary administrative and technical barriers for producers, food businesses, and other stakeholders in the food system with the goal of creating local and regional food economies that are more viable and resilient.

Application Deadline: May 26, 2020
Sponsor: USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health Inactive

Funds programs to reduce health disparities and decrease the rates of infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes before, during, and after pregnancy among racial/ethnic minority populations. Serves women, infants, and families for the first 18 months after birth in high-risk communities. Provides services to increase access to quality healthcare and social services for women and infants. Promotes family health and wellness, health education, and prevention activities to support safe and healthy pregnancies, births, and early childhood development.

Application Deadline: Nov 27, 2018
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
Rural Health Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive (IMPACT) Inactive

Funds to establish three demonstration projects to implement evidence-based two-generational strategies addressing issues facing rural at-risk children, prenatal to age 3, and their parents, such as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), maternal depression, mental health disorders, substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use, and related neonatal abstinence syndrome. Offers technical assistance, training, and support to demonstration sites to coordinate programs and services that support healthy childhood development and increase family economic opportunity.

Application Deadline: Jul 2, 2018
Sponsor: Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)