USDA Seeks Project Proposals to Support Native American Rural Businesses

Lincoln- USDA Rural Development State Director Maxine Moul has announced that Nebraska is seeking project proposals for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program to support Native American rural businesses.  RBDG funds may be used for targeted technical assistance; training and training facilities, including commercial kitchens; to conduct economic development planning; and for the establishment of revolving loan funds.

  “The many uses of RBDG funds and their ability to reach a large number of potential and existing entrepreneurs offer significant opportunities to support the development of small private business enterprises in rural Nebraska,” said Moul.

  Eligible applicants include towns, communities, state agencies, non-profit corporations, Federally-recognized Tribes, and institutions of higher learning.  For example, through the use of the RBDG program, the Center for Rural Affairs (CfRA) in Lyons, NE received funding to increase economic opportunities in Native American communities.  The CfRA has been awarded nearly $400,000 through four awards.  Funds were used to develop educational programs and create jobs and businesses leading to the establishment of farmers markets for the Omaha and Santee Sioux Tribes.

   Project proposals submitted for review for Native American earmarked funds are due by close of business, 4:30 pm, Friday, February 5, 2016. All project proposals are to be sent to Brant Richardson at brant.richardson@ne.usda.gov .

   To discuss applicant and project eligibility or to request a project proposal form, please contact one of the following Business Programs Specialists.

·         Brant Richardson, brant.richardson@ne.usda.gov or (402) 437-5568

·         Deborah Drbal, deborah.drbal@ne.usda.gov or (402) 437-5558