US Department of Agriculture

Rural Cooperative Development Grant

The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program improves the economic condition of rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve rural cooperatives and other mutually owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. Grants are awarded through a national competition.

Grant and matching funds can be used for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Examples of technical assistance and other services the Centers provide are:


Maximum Award Amount


Cost Matching

25% (5% for land-grant tribal colleges)

Eligible Applicants

Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education

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