top of page
  • Jodie Alexander

Dept of Agriculture: Changes to Tribal Eligibility for Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program: – Due 02/28/24

Update 12/20/23: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development

announced that USDA is expanding eligibility for Tribes under the Rural Business Development Grants program. These changes will take effect January 16, 2024.

For instance, USDA is:

• Expanding the “Small and Emerging Business” definition to include Tribal governments and Tribal-owned organizations,

• Clarifying the definition for “Conflict of Interest” to explain how the agency defines the relationship between Tribal nations and their Tribal-owned entities.

• Codifying the “Indian Tribe” and “Tribal” definitions to include Tribal governments and/or Federally Recognized Tribes

Opportunity Title:

Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program


US Dept of Agriculture

Opportunity Number:



RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 Million in revenues. Programmatic activities are separated in enterprise or opportunity type grant activities.

The Agency encourages applicants to consider projects that will advance the following key priorities:

  • Assisting rural communities to recover economically through more and better market opportunities and through improved infrastructure.

  • Ensuring all rural residents have equitable access to RD programs and benefits from RD funded projects.

  • Reducing climate pollution and increasing resilience to the impacts of climate change through economic support to rural communities.


Grants may be made to a Public Body/Government Entity, an Indian Tribe, or a Nonprofit

entity primarily serving rural areas.

Award Details:

Total Amount Available:



February 28, 2024

Grant Management Associates has years of experience with opportunities like this one. Contact us today for a consultation.

13 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page