FY22 Rural Business Development Grant Application Period is Now Open

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The Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the FY22 Rural Business Development Grant program has been released. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m., Monday, February 28th, 2022. Applications involving construction or ground disturbance should be submitted sooner to allow time for the environmental review. Late applications will not be accepted for competition and will be returned. Awards will be made subject to funding availability. 

The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) is a competitive grant designed to 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 Million in revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.  

Below you will find the NOSA and a PDF with some general information about the grant: who is eligible, examples of eligible projects, etc:

Application materials are located on our website: USDA RBDG link. The materials are located under the “To Apply” tab.

Please note that technical assistance and other application guidance can be requested from the Agency, as long as that request is made at least 15 days prior to the submission deadline.