How to Apply for a Rural Small Business Grant or Loan

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Mail or bring your completed RBEG application for consideration.
Mail or bring your completed RBEG application for consideration. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Most of the 50 states have a small business grant program called the Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program available to anyone living in a small town who wants to start a small business. The federal government allots millions each year to fund this program in each state. To apply, you must follow a series of steps.

Call the U.S. Department of Agriculture, community facilities, loans and grants division at 202-720-1400.

Ask to speak to a representative who deals with the Rural Small Business Grants. When you are connected with the rep, state your interest in applying.

Provide your information. If you qualify, the rep will either take down the rest of your information and send you a Rural Small Business Grant application or have you pick up an application at your local department of agriculture.

Complete the application and either mail to the provided address or take it back to a department of agriculture branch office.

Await instructions on what to do next. If you mailed your application, you will receive a call. If you bring it personally, a representative will tell you what is next.

Tips & Warnings

  • When talking to the representative at the Department of Agriculture, they will ask how much you want the grant to be.

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