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Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

Open Date:


Close Date:

The deadlines for complete applications to be received in the USDA Rural Development State Office for quarterly funding competitions are no later than 4:30 p.m. (local time) on: Third Quarter, March 31, 2023 and Fourth Quarter, June 30, 2023.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Public Utility Entity

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture


The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA. The Agency anticipates the following maximum amounts per award:

  • Loans: $2,000,000
  • Grants: $300,000

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant - match required
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Cindy Mason, Program Manager
[email protected]

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