U.S. flag An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant

Open Date:


Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Cooperative
  • Non-profit

Program Purpose:

  • Economic Development
  • Technical Assistance

Reserved for Energy


Funded by:

U.S. Department of Agriculture


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.

Related Resources

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – no match
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:
Not stated

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Contact your Rural Development State Office, which can be found at: https://www.rd.usda.gov/about-rd/state-offices.


Scroll to Top