The USDA has a number of business programs that can provide financial backing and technical assistance to stimulate business creation and growth. The programs work through partnerships with public and private community based organizations and financial institutions to provide financial assistance, business development, and technical assistance to rural businesses. These programs help to provide capital, equipment, space, job training, and entrepreneurial skills that can help to start and/or grow a business. Business Programs also support the creation and preservation of quality jobs in rural areas.
Loans, loan guarantees, and grants are available to individuals, businesses, cooperatives, farmers and ranchers, public bodies, non-profit corporations, Native American Tribes, and private companies in rural communities. The financial resources of the Business Programs are often leveraged with those of other public and private credit source lenders to meet business and credit needs in under-served areas. The funding is intended to help improve the quality of life in rural communities by enhancing economic opportunities and ensuring self-sustainability for generations to come.
Business and Industry Loan Guarantees (B&I)
Intermediary Relending Program (IRP)
Rural Business Development Grants (RBDG)
Rural Business Investment Program (RBIP)
Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)
Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG)
Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP)
Socially-Disadvantaged Group Grants (SDGG)
Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
For more information about these funding programs and to find your nearest USDA office, visit the USDA website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/business-programs