TEMPLE, TEXAS, February 21, 2008 –Scooter Brockette, USDA Rural Development Acting State Director, announced today the Agency is accepting applications for the Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) Program for Fiscal Year 2008. Applications will compete nationwide for the funding.
The primary objective of the RBOG Program is to improve economic conditions of rural areas. Assistance provided to rural areas under this program includes technical assistance for business development and conducting economic development planning. The grants are available to public bodies, non-profits, federally recognized Tribal groups and cooperatives with primarily rural residents that conduct activities for the mutual benefit of the members.
Applications for the RBOG funds will not exceed $50,000 and for multi-state projects $150,000. Completed applications must be postmarked and submitted to the Texas USDA Rural Development Office, 101 South Main, Suite 102, Temple, Texas 76501 or submitted electronically at http://www.grants.gov no later than March 31, 2008. Applications will be tentatively scored by the State Office, with the two highest scoring project applications being considered for funding and submitted to the National Office for final review and selection. An application must contain all of the required elements to prevent negatively impacting the overall score.
USDA Rural Development works to ensure that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy by providing technical assistance, funding, and other programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life. For additional information or an application package, contact Jenny Butler at (254) 742-9780. For further information regarding USDA Rural Development Programs, visit our web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.