Subject: Friday, March 22.  RDBG Grants Conference Call

Please join us for a conference call on Friday, March 22, 2019, at 9 AM MT / 10 AM CT. The purpose of the call is to answer any questions you may have about the pending grants for the Rural Business Development Grants through the USDA Rural Development.  Denise Sundeen, USDA Rural Development Business & Cooperative Specialist, will review the grant program and answer questions.  The fillable application, Scope of Work Template and the PowerPoint to be used on the call is attached

Conference Call – 2019 USDA RD Rural Business Development Grants

Friday, March 22, 9 AM Mountain Time/ 10 AM Central Time

Teleconference 1-888-844-9904  Access Code 9299245

The deadline for receipt of the application for Rural Business Development Grants is 4:30 PM local time March 29, 2019.   The application date and time are firm.  You may submit your application to one of our field offices, but it must be received by 4:30 PM on the deadline date.  Late applications will not be considered for funding in FY 2019.  Facsimile (FAX), electronic mail and postage due applications will not be accepted.

The application template has been revised for 2019. One important update is the absence of the Intergovernmental Review. North Dakota has opted out of this process.   (Note that on the SF 424 #19 please respond “C.  Program is not covered by E.O. 12372.” )

Please visit the RBDG website at:

The application template and forms are found on the second tab “Forms and Resources”

Attached is an excel version of the Scope of Work template. This is only a template and applicants may create their own version as long as it answers the questions found in Appendix C Proposed Scope of Work.

The USDA hasn’t received notice of the RBDG funding and anticipates that funding will be similar to last year and are encouraging applications.

Shirley Brentrup, Executive Director

Rural Economic Area Partnership Investment Fund, Inc.   701.483.1447