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Rural business grants available

USDA Rural Development is now accepting applications for the Rural Business Opportunity Grant. The grant funding is used to promote sustainable economic development in rural communities with "exceptional needs."

Funding may assist with the costs of providing economic planning for rural communities, technical assistance for rural businesses or training for rural entrepreneurs or economic development officials.

Applications for up to $50,000 will be accepted and must be received by March 30, USDA officials said.

Eligible entities must be a public body, non-profit corporation, Indian tribe, or cooperative with members that are primarily rural residents. Entities must have significant expertise in the activities proposed to carry out with the grant funds and financial strength to ensure the proposed objectives are accomplished. Applicants must also be able to show funding will result in economic development of a rural area and applicants must be located in rural areas, cities and towns with populations less than 50,000. Applicants must include a methodology for determining the success or failure of the project and assessing its impact.

For more information, call the USDA Rural Development office in Lakewood at (720) 544-2931.

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