Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grants

This Notice announces that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service (Agency) is accepting fiscal year (FY) 2017 applications for the Socially Disadvantaged
Groups Grant (SDGG) program. More information is on the SDGG Web site located at http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/socially-disadvantaged-groups-grant. Apply by July 25, 2017.

Link to Federal Register Notice of this grant: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-07/pdf/2017-11739.pdf

Expenses incurred in developing applications are the responsibility of the applicant. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to  Socially Disadvantaged Groups in rural areas. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers. This program supports Rural Development’s (RD) mission of improving the quality of life for rural Americans and commitment to directing resources to those who most need them.

DATES: Completed applications for grants must be submitted on paper or electronically according to the following deadlines:
Paper copies must be postmarked and mailed, shipped, or sent overnight no later than August 1, 2017. You may also hand carry your application to one of our field offices, but it must be received by close of business on the deadline date.

The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a Notice published in the Federal Register and an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Program Funding: $3 million

Maximum Grant Amount: $175,000

Matching Funds Requirement: None

Who may apply for this program?

Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible.

How may funds be used?
Grants must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  Examples of technical assistance are:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Business plans
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership training

Note that the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.

How do I get started?

Before you apply:

  • Request a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number if your organization does not already have one. It should not take more than a few business days to get your number. However, you should plan on requesting it at least a month before the application deadline because you’ll need that number for the next pre-application step (see below).
  • Register your organization with the System for Award Management (SAM) if you are not already registered. The registration is free, but you need to complete several steps. It’s a good idea to start the registration process at least a month before any application deadline. Before you start the registration process, we suggest reading through the HELP materials available on the SAM website. Then, you’ll need to create an account. After you create your account by setting up a user ID and password, you can register your organization. Remember, you’ll need your DUNS number to complete your registration. Also, make a note of your CAGE (Commercial And Government Entity) code and expiration date because you’ll need those for your application.

Additional requirements:

You need to read the Federal Register notice for the details on what is needed for an application. Make sure you start putting together the required information at least a month before the application deadline because you will need to provide letters of commitment or support from other organizations, a work plan and budget, and other information that will take you some time to look up or write. You will also need to fill out forms. You can get copies of the forms from your nearest Rural Development office as well as the SDGG Application Template and suggested formats for required information.

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