US Department of Agriculture

Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)

RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

Enterprise grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include:

Opportunity grants can be used for:


Maximum Award Amount


Cost Matching

Not Required

Eligible Applicants

State and tribal governments, towns, communities, and local authorities, rural cooperatives, higher education institutions, and nonprofit corporations

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