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CCEDC recently received the Notice for the Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program from the US Department of Agriculture- Rural Development.  $3 million in grant funds are available and the application deadlines are: August 1 for electronic applications and August 5 for paper applications.  General info is below: 

What does this program do?

The primary objective of the SDGG program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a Notice published in the Federal Register and an announcement posted on

Program Funding: $3 million

Maximum Grant Amount: $175,000

Matching Funds Requirement: None

Who may apply for this program?
Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible to apply for this program.

How may funds be used?
Grant funds must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  Examples of technical assistance are:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Business plans
  • Strategic planning
  • Leadership training

Note that the cooperative or Center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.


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