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Rural Business Development Grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

Contact the local Rural Development Office with questions.


Rural Business Development Grants support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1,000,000 in gross revenues.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Training and technical assistance, such as:
    • project planning
    • business counseling/training
    • Market research
    • Feasibility studies
    • Professional/technical reports
    • Product/service improvements
  • Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation, of buildings, plants, machinery, equipment, access streets and roads, parking areas, utilities
  • Pollution control and abatement
  • Capitalization of revolving loan funds including funds that will make loans for start-ups and working capital
  • Distance adult learning for job training and advancement
  • Rural transportation improvement
  • Community economic development
  • Technology-based economic development
  • Feasibility studies and business plans
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training
  • Rural business incubators
  • Long-term business strategic planning

Rural public entities including, but not limited to:

  • Towns
  • Communities
  • State agencies
  • Authorities
  • Nonprofit corporations
  • Institutions of higher education
  • Federally-recognized tribes
  • Rural cooperatives
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

There is no maximum grant amount for enterprise type grants; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. Generally, grants range from $10,000 up to $500,000.

Application process

Deadlines vary by state. Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development’s local or State offices once per year. Applicants should contact local or state offices to learn about local application timelines and requirements.

The Rural Business Development Grant program is part of the Strategic Economic and Community Development Program, which allows USDA to give application priority points for projects that support the implementation of regional economic development plans.

Tagged as
Capital funding · Community and economic development · Environmental health · Healthcare facilities · Infrastructure · Technology for health and human services

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