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Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG)

Post Date

June 7th 2012

Application Due Date

August 6th 2012

Complete paper applications must be in the USDA Rural Development State Office by the deadline date, 4 p.m. local time. Electronic applications submitted through will be accepted by the system through midnight eastern time on the deadlin

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)


Funding Activity Categories

Regional Development

The primary objective of the program is to improve the economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes the following: rural business incubators; technology-based economic development; feasibility studies and business plans; long-term business strategic planning; leadership and entrepreneur training. In addition, we are encouraging applications that will support regional economic development.

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories


Grants may be made to public bodies, nonprofit corporations, institutions of higher education, Indian tribes on Federal or State reservations and other Federally recognized tribal groups, and cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents.


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $None - $50000

Grant Description

The primary objective of the RBOG program is to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with exceptional needs. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Agriculture

  • Office:

    Business and Cooperative Programs

  • Agency Contact:

    Gail Thuner
    Phone 202-720-8460

  • Agency Mailing Address:

    Program Contact

  • Agency Email Address:

  • More Information:

    Program Information

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