USDA Rural Cooperative Economic Development Grant Program

Sponsor Deadline: 

Jul 24, 2018


USDA Agriculture

UI Contact: 

USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant RCDC
RCDC website

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.

A Center can be located in any area, but the individuals and business assisted must be located in an eligible rural area. Grant and matching funds can be used for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of technical assistance and other services the Centers provide are:

Conducting feasibility studies
Developing business plans
Providing leadership and operational improvement training
Facilitating strategic planning