Inviting applications for rural cooperative development grants

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USDA announces the availability of grants through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014. Pursuant to The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) approximately $5.8 million is available. See http://1.usa.gov/1kwCGSS for information about this Rural Development program.

We are requesting proposals from applicants interested in improving the economic condition of rural areas through cooperative development. Eligible applicants include a non-profit corporation or an institution of higher education.

Applications are limited to one per applicant for a maximum of $200,000, and matching funds are required. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe. Applications are due by June 24, 2014 if submitted at http://Grants.gov or by June 30, 2014 if submitted to the Rural Development South Dakota office, for the full Federal Register announcement see http://1.usa.gov/1krVfX5.

Inviting Applications for Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants

The Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3,000,000, in competitive grant funds for the FY 2014 Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants (SSDPG) program as authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014. See http://1.usa.gov/1kwCO4R for information about this Rural Development Program.

We are requesting proposals from applicants who will provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. The maximum award per grant is $200,000. The grant period is limited to a one-year timeframe.

Applications are due by June 24, 2014 if submitted at http://Grants.gov or by June 30, 2014 if submitted to the Rural Development South Dakota offices, for details, see the full Federal Register announcement at: http://1.usa.gov/1krVfX5.

Applications for Licensing as a Non-leveraged Rural Business Investment Company Under the Rural Business Investment Program

This Notice announces the acceptance of applications from newly-formed Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs) who are interested in being licensed as non-leveraged RBICs under the Agency’s Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP). See http://1.usa.gov/1hkC5kW for information about this Rural Development Program.

Completed applications must be sent to Specialty Programs Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room Number 4204-S, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3226.

Address for Requesting Information: Application materials and other information may be requested by writing to Claudette Fernandez, Director, Specialty Programs Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4204-S, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-3226.

See the full Federal Register announcement for details: http://1.usa.gov/1fEy9jU.

Guaranteed Business Loans for Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products

The Locally or Regionally Produced Agricultural Food Products provision, under the Business and Industry (B&I) Guaranteed Loan Program, is designed to help facilitate the production, processing, and distribution of locally and regionally produced agricultural food products.

Through Fiscal Year 2018, the Agency is required to reserve not less than 5 percent of the funds available to the B&I program until April 1 of each year for entities that establish and facilitate the processing, distributing, aggregating, storing, and marketing of locally or regionally produced agricultural food products. The Agency will also continue to fund local or regionally produced agricultural food products projects after the April 1 reserve expires. Requirements for submission can be found in 7 CFR, part 4279, subpart B.

For Information on any of the above programs or to submit an application, contact Dana Kleinsasser, USDA, Rural Development, South Dakota Rural Business-Cooperative Programs Director, 200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210, Huron, SD 57350, telephone (605) 352-1142, email dana.kleinsasser@sd.usda.gov.