Business Program Opportunities. Overview of Business Programs. Presenters. Today’s Presenters Include: Mark Brodziski, Director Specialty Programs Division Mark.Brodziski@wdc.usda.gov John H. Broussard, Director, Business and Industry Division John.Broussard@wdc.usda.gov.
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Renewable Energy Funding Opportunities
Renewable Energy Systems
Energy Efficiency Improvements
**Replacement**REAP – Parts 2 & 3
Directly engaged in ag production
50%+ of gross income comes from ag production
Electric Cooperatives (considered a small business as long as annual electric output is < 4 million MW hours)
Rural Small Businesses
Must meet SBA small business size standards
Use NAICS code for industry type: http://www.sba.gov/size/index.htmlREAP – parts 2 & 3 Eligibile Applicants
Minimum grant - $2,500
Maximum grant - $500,000
Minimum loan - $5,000
Maximum loan –
Minimum grant - $1,500
Maximum grant - $250,000
Minimum loan - $5,000
Maximum loan –
$25 millionFunding Limits
Purpose: The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program is intended to provide grant funds to agricultural producers for planning activities and working capital expenses to assist them in receiving a greater share of the consumer’s dollar for value-added agricultural products
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) Program is intended to provide grant funds for establishing and operating Rural Cooperative Development Centers.
California Center for Cooperative Development, in Davis, CA will use grant funds to support an existing Center for Cooperative Development in rural areas of California and Lincoln County Nevada. Projects include farmer, worker, and food cooperative development and education programs.
The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE will used an RCDG award to support an existing Center that will assist rural Nebraska businesses in forming Cooperatives. The Center will offer technical assistance to businesses who are developing or are considering the development of a cooperatively owned business. Services offered include needs assessments, planning assistance to development groups, identifying resources needed, feasibility studies, market analysis, business plans and membership needs and priorities.
Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation & Rural Sustainability in Richmond, VA, will use grant funds to support an existing Center, the Cooperative Development Center, that will serve rural areas in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Maryland and North Carolina. The Center will facilitate and coordinate technical and financial assistance to advance agricultural economic development by assisting in the formation and growth of cooperative businesses.
Note: Grant funds may not be used to buy or develop real estate or for construction.
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