Program Name: Rural Business Development Grants  
Organization: United States Department of Agriculture – Rural Development  
Address: 2118 W. Part Court, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61821  
Phone: 217-403-6200  
Briefly Describe the Purpose of the Program  
Supports small and emerging private businesses to start or expand.  
Year Program Established:
Eligibility Requirements or Restrictions


Open to: Towns, communities, state agencies, nonprofits, institutions of higher education, federally recognized Tribes and rural cooperatives. Rural areas outside of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Terms and Conditions: There is no maximum grant amount. Smaller requests are given higher priority, and there is no cost-sharing requirement.

Application Deadline: Rolling bases
Application Guidelines:
Funding Cap Per Application or Fiscal Year Program Funding:
How Must Funds Be Used:
Funds can be used to purchase or develop land, buildings, and equipment; to cover costs for feasibility studies and business plans and provide other technical assistance; to improve rural transportation, establish revolving loan funds, and support rural distance learning programs that provide educational or job training