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USDA accepting applications for rural business grants

The Nevada state office of U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is accepting grant applications from nonprofits, communities, state agencies and federally designated tribes to assist in the development of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas statewide.

About $155,000 is available for eligible projects, according to the USDA. Projects should benefit businesses that employ 50 or fewer new employees, have less than $1 million in projected gross revenues, and support job creation in rural areas where population is less than 50,000.

Private businesses are not eligible to apply, but nonprofits associated with business development, communities, state agencies, public bodies and tribes are eligible.

The deadline for grant applications is May 15. The applications are available online at www.rurdev.usda.gov.

USDA Rural Development handed out $172,000 in Rural Business Enterprise Grants last year.

Among the projects to receive fundings, was the Western Nevada Development District who got $20,518 for a revolving loan fund to provide micro loans for equipment purchases for rural businesses.

Contact reporter Chris Sieroty at csieroty@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @sierotyfeatures on Twitter.

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