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State USDA Rural Development Office Announces FY14 Rural Business Enterprise Grants; Submission Deadline Is April 10




The DOE Office of Indian Energy is pleased to forward the following announcement from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Office in Palmer, Alaska.

The USDA Rural Development Office in Palmer would like to announce that it is accepting applications for the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Program for Fiscal Year 2014.

Those who would like to submit an application for these funds should have their hard copy submissions in to this office by close of business on April 10, 2014. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

The primary purpose of the RBEG is to support the development of small and emerging private business enterprises in rural areas with populations of less than 50,000. In Alaska the Municipality of Anchorage is the only area where the population exceeds this rural limit. However, applicants based in Anchorage can still apply for funding as long as proposed activities support small business development in rural areas.

Eligible applicants include nonprofits, public bodies (e.g., states, boroughs, cities, townships, and incorporated towns and villages, authorities, and districts), and federally recognized Tribes.The small and emerging private business that derives the benefits from the applicant must have (or will have) under 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Eligible projects to be carried out by the RBEG vary and can range from technical assistance workshops to specialized equipment to be leased by small business. Last year the Alaska USDA Rural Development Office supported various applicants with a wide range of projects. Some examples include energy audits for small businesses, small business development technical assistance, and agricultural technical assistance for farmers. 

For more information regarding this grant, please visit the DOE Office of Indian Energy website.

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