Recipients eligible for these grants include groups of cooperatives, individual cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups. The cooperatives or development centers can be based in any area, but the groups that receive technical assistance must be located in an eligible rural area. USDA is encouraging applications for projects in census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or higher.

USDA is making $3 million in grants available. The maximum award a recipient may receive is $175,000.

Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016, or electronically by August 1, 2016.

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Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant – due August 5

The USDA is providing grants to local cooperatives and other organizations that provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance include providing leadership training, conducting feasibility studies, and developing business and strategic plans.

Recipients eligible for these grants include groups of cooperatives, individual cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups. The cooperatives or development centers can be based in any area, but the groups that receive technical assistance must be located in an eligible rural area. USDA is encouraging applications for projects in census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or higher.

USDA is making $3 million in grants available. The maximum award a recipient may receive is $175,000.

Applications must be submitted by August 5, 2016, or electronically by August 1, 2016.