Rural Cooperative Development Grants

To improve economic conditions in rural areas through cooperative development.

The primary objective of the cooperative center concept is to provide technical assistance services, including feasibility analysis.

The grant program will be used to facilitate the creation or retention of jobs
in rural areas through the development of new rural cooperatives, value-added processing, and rural businesses.
Examples of Funded Projects

Cooperative development centers use grant funds to provide technical assistance, applied research, technical training, and cooperative education to emerging or active rural cooperatives.

Examples of recent cooperative activities include: director training, technical assistance in value-added processing and marketing, and developmental outreach.