(Carson City—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for a grant that supports businesses and jobs in rural Nevada. The Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program can be used in rural areas to support targeted technical assistance, training, feasibility studies, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses.

Cities and counties, nonprofits, economic development authorities and Federally Recognized Tribes are eligible to apply. Individual businesses are not eligible to apply for this program.

In the past, the Nevada allocation has amounted to about $130,000. In addition, a separate Native American set-aside that is funded through a national competition is also available.

These funds helped Nye County Regional Economic Development Authority establish a revolving loan fund for rural businesses and helped fund technical assistance and training to the Wells Band Tribe and tribal entrepreneurs at the Tribes’ new business incubator. Information on the RBDG is available online at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants/nv

Grant applications must be received no later than March 29. If you are interested, please contact Michelle Kelly at michelle.kelly@nv.usda.gov or at (775) 887-1222 Ext. 4765 for assistance in Northern Nevada and Laura Chavez at laura.chavez@nv.usda.gov or at (775) 887-1222 Ext. 4764 for assistance in Southern Nevada.

Grant applications should be submitted to:

USDA Rural Development

ATTN: Michelle Kelly OR Laura Chavez

1390 S. Curry St.

Carson City, NV 89703

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. With a portfolio of over $250 billion, this agency’s assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/nv.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender