Reserved for Energy
What does this program do?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service provides approximately $3,000,000 in funds to eligible co-ops, co-op associations, or co-op development centers for technical assistance to small, socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Eligible recipients include cooperatives and co-op development centers that serve socially disadvantaged groups where a majority of the board of directors or governing board is comprised of individuals who are members of socially disadvantaged groups covering all areas except cities with populations exceeding 50,000 and their contiguous urbanized areas.
Who may apply for this program?
Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible.
How may funds be used?
Grants must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance are:
- Feasibility studies
- Business plans
- Strategic planning
- Leadership training
Note that the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.