Eric Vigil/Courtesy photo
ALBUQUERQUE ― USDA Rural Development Acting State Director Eric Vigil has announced that the agency is holding a workshop to provide information on how to apply for Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) funding. Los Alamos is considered a rural community.
In making the announcement Vigil said, “Because of the state’s slow economic growth this is a good opportunity for any eligible entity that helps provide development opportunities for small rural business to apply for this program and get the needed financial support to help their community grow economically.”
Eligible applicants for RBDG funding include: government entities such as the State of New Mexico and all subdivisions of the state such as municipalities, counties, councils of government: Indian tribes; and nonprofit entities. Grants are made to eligible entities for use in funding various business opportunity and business enterprise projects that serve rural areas.
RBDG grant funds can be used for technical assistance, training and other similar activities that support the business development of small business enterprises in rural areas. The grant can also be used to benefit small rural businesses through acquiring or developing land, buildings, and equipment; establishing a revolving loan fund; guiding the development of a plan; or create an economic development plan.
The workshop is 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 9 at the USDA-Rural Development State Office, 1st Floor Conference Room at 6200 Jefferson NE in Albuquerque.
This event is free and open to the public. For a brief description of the RBDG program, see https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants. Contact Jesse Monfort Bopp at email@example.com or 505.761.4952 if you require any special accommodation(s) for this event, to RSVP, or to receive an application template. An RSVP is not required but would be appreciated so that USDA RD can make sure that we have space and an appropriate amount of handouts.
Anyone unable to attend the workshop is encouraged to contact USDA RD staff members for information on the RBDG program: