Rural Nevada tribes encouraged to apply for federal funds |

Rural Nevada tribes encouraged to apply for federal funds

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RENO, Nev. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications to support businesses and help create jobs in rural Nevada.

According to a news release, the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program can be used in rural areas to support targeted technical assistance, training, feasibility studies, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses with fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues.

In 2017, Nevada had approximately $130,000 available statewide. FY 2018 funding is pending final approval. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Public bodies such as cities and counties, along with non-profits, economic development authorities and Tribes are eligible to apply. Individual businesses are not eligible. A Native American set-aside that is funded through a national competition is also available.

In Nevada, RBDG funds helped Nye County Regional Economic Development Authority establish a revolving loan fund for rural businesses and provided funds to a non-profit Fallon Community Theatre Group to purchase a film projector and offer additional showings, which allowed it to stay in business.

Funds from the RBDG program also helped fund technical assistance and training to the Wells Band Tribe and tribal entrepreneurs at the Tribes’ new business incubator.

According to USDA, all applications must be received no later than April 30, 2018. For information, contact Michelle Kelly at or at 775-887-1222, Ext. 4765, for assistance in Northern Nevada; and Laura Chavez at or at 775-887-1222, Ext. 4764, for assistance in Southern Nevada.

Applications should be submitted to:
USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Michelle Kelly OR Laura Chavez
1390 S. Curry St.
Carson City, NV.

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