USDA Seeks Applications to Help Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers, Rural Business Owners
SAN JUAN – Roger Glendenning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development acting deputy undersecretary, has announced that the agency is accepting applications for grants to help socially disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.
“These grants help ensure that rural business owners have what they need to succeed in today’s competitive, global economy,” Glendenning said in the announcing release. “According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses employ more than half of all U.S. workers. Their success is vital to the nation’s economy.”
Luis R. García-Boria, Rural Development acting state director for Puerto Rico, added in the release that the USDA is awarding up to $3 million in grants through the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program to help small businesses retain and create jobs in rural areas.
Eligible grant recipients include cooperatives and cooperative development centers that serve socially disadvantaged groups. Examples of technical assistance include leadership training, and support to develop feasibility studies, business plans and strategic plans. Recipients can be based in any area, but the businesses or organizations they serve must be in an eligible rural area.
For information on how to apply visit www.rd.usda.gov/pr. The deadline to submit paper applications is July 25.