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USDA Rural Development Funding

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety, health care, and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal, and high-poverty areas. Application Deadlines: 12/31/2023; 3/31/2024; and 6/30/2024, to the USDA Rural Development State Office

Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Loan guarantees to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Application Deadline: Open

Intermediary Relending Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides low-interest loans to local lenders known as intermediaries, who then relend the funds to businesses to improve economic conditions and create new opportunities in rural communities. Application Deadlines: 12/31/2023; 3/31/2024; and 6/30/2024, to the USDA Rural Development State Office

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Programs
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. Application Deadlines: 12/31/2023; 3/31/2024; and 6/30/2024, to the USDA Rural Development State Office

Rural Business Investment Program
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development provides a Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) license to newly formed developmental capital organizations to fill the need for business and development capital in rural areas. The program works with for-profit developmental capital funds. Application Deadline: Open

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Rural Business Development Grant: Supports small and emerging private businesses to start or expand. 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.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program: Helps establish and operate cooperative development centers. Cooperative development centers provide technical assistance, conduct feasibility studies, develop business plans, provide training, and facilitate strategic planning.

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grants: Provides financial support to co-ops and their associations or development centers for technical assistance to small, socially disadvantaged groups. Funds can be used for feasibility studies, business plans, strategic planning, and leadership training.

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants: Assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance.

Broadband Technical Assistance Grants: Supports project planning, community engagement, financial sustainability, environmental compliance, construction planning and engineering, accessing federal resources, and data collection and reporting for broadband projects.

Community Connect Grants: Provides broadband service in rural, economically challenged communities where internet service does not yet exist. Funds can also cover costs to provide broadband service to critical community facilities for 2 years.

ReConnect Loans and Grants: Expands broadband service to rural areas without sufficient broadband access. Funds can be used to construct, improve, acquire broadband and terrestrial satellite broadband facilities and equipment, and for preapplication expenses.

Rural Broadband Loans, Loan and Grant Combinations, and Loan Guarantees: Provides funds for the construction, improvement, or purchase of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas

Fertilizer Production Expansion Program: Increases or expands the manufacturing and processing of fertilizer, nutrient alternatives, and other nutrient management products and technologies in the United States and its territories.

Value-Added Producer Grants: Program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.


Community and Economic Development Funding

Electric Vehicle Charger Reliability and Accessibility Accelerator Program
U.S. Department of Transportation offers this program to fund the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. Cooperatives may coordinate with their respective local governments. Application Deadline: 11/13/2023

Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) Grants
CDF offers three important grants to support the co-op community thrive: Cooperative Development Fund, Disaster Recovery Fund, and Cooperative Education Fund. Application Deadline: Varies

People celebrating homeownershipNational Association of Housing Cooperatives (NAHC)
NAHC offers a listing of funding sources. Application Deadline: Varies

Capital Impact Partners Funding
Capital Impact Partners support disinvested entrepreneurs, co-ops, real estate developers of color, Community Development Financial Institutions, and other changemakers break down traditional barriers by offering resources, support, and networks to foster success. Application Deadline: Varies

Thriving Communities Program 
U.S. Department of Transportation program to provide technical assistance, planning, and capacity building support to disadvantaged and under-resourced communities. Application Deadline: 11/15/2023

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants
Work with your local government relating to the HUD program to support the implementation of comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans that are expected to achieve affordable housing goals. Application Deadline: 11/21/2023

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Grants
This foundation will invest and help provide support to entrepreneurs for a three-year funding cycle to launch and expand their ventures. Application Deadline: Ongoing



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