USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers and Rural Business Owners
The deadline to apply is July 24, 2018
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to support technical assistance for socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.
Up to $3 million will be awarded nationwide this year through USDA’s Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program to help small businesses retain and create jobs in rural areas. The maximum amount an individual applicant may receive is $175,000.
The grants are not provided directly to businesses or individuals. Instead, qualified organizations receiving these grants will provide technical assistance and training to socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers or rural businesses. The technical assistance may include leadership training and support developing feasibility studies, business plans, and strategic plans.
Cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups are eligible to apply. Applicants may be based in any area, but the groups they serve must be located in eligible rural areas. USDA defines a socially-disadvantaged group as one whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity without regard to their individual qualities.
Electronic applications are due by July 24, 2018, while paper applications are due by July 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:
To discuss a potential application or to learn more about the application process, contact a Business and Cooperative Programs staff member at (541) 278-8049 x129. You can also find additional information on page 24719 of the May 30, 2018, Federal Register.
For more information…
Questions related to USDA Business Programs in Oregon may be directed to a local Business and Cooperative Specialist.
For projects outside of Oregon…
Those with project proposals outside of Oregon should contact USDA Rural Development in the corresponding state.
We’re excited to collaborate with the Bush Foundation for a second year to offer a special scholarship opportunity–the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators. This scholarship is open to business creators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.
The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. With the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, leaders from these states will have the chance to attend the SOCAP conference, to build valuable connections and stronger networks. We’ll select 25 outstanding business creators who have ideas that will improve their communities and region.
Details and Application
Deadline to apply is June 30, 2018!
Scholarship recipients will receive the following:
- Free SOCAP18 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
- Roundtrip airfare
- Hotel accommodations
Business creator selection process: Selected business creators will be determined by SOCAP.
Airfare and ground transportation: All business creators will be booked individually by SOCAP from the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region to San Francisco, departing Monday, October 22 and returning Friday, October 26, 2018. Transportation to and from the host hotel will be provided.
Hotel: All business creators will be housed individually in the host hotel or a similar hotel in the area.
Registrations: SOCAP18 registrations will be provided to all business creators, with full access to all the content including valuable sessions, networking events, and receptions.
Meals: Included with registration is 2-3 meals per day while at the conference