The USDA is making $5.6 million available through the Rural Community Development Initiative to help rural businesses create jobs and spur economic development.
According to the USDA - qualified organizations receiving the grants will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities or community and economic development projects. Recipients will be non-profit organizations, low income rural communities or federally recognized people. Organizations are required to provide matching funds at least equal to the grant.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the USDA is seeking applications for the funding and the deadline for submitting applications is November 12th.