Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Grant Money Available To Help Rural Businesses
Here is some interesting information sent to the Times today regarding federal grants available for rural businesses. Keep in mind this is the federal government we're talking about, so you can be guaranteed strings are attached and preferences will be given to minority and tribal communities.
That said, USDA Rural Development in Nebraska is seeking project proposals for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program to support rural businesses. RBDG funds may be used for targeted technical assistance; training and training facilities, including commercial kitchens; to conduct economic development planning; and for the establishment of revolving loan funds. Eligible applicants include towns, communities, state agencies, non-profit corporations, Federally-recognized Tribes, and institutions of higher learning.
As an example of the use of the RBDG program, the Twin Cities Development Association (TCD) in Scottsbluff, Neb., recently received funding to create a community commercial kitchen and to provide technical assistance to food-based business entrepreneurs. The availability of a commercial kitchen will allow local food businesses the space to develop their products and access to targeted technical assistance. These businesses will be able to expand beyond the local Farmers Markets by being able to introduce their products into larger markets such as grocery stores, restaurants and other retail outlets.
Project proposals submitted for review for state allocated RBDG funds are due by close of business, 4:30 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016. All project proposals are to be sent to Brant Richardson at email@example.com .
For more information, contact Brant Richardson, firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 437-5568; or Deborah Drbal, email@example.com or (402) 437-5558.