The SSDPG grant program is geared towards providing technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperative and association of cooperatives. Grant projects must provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged producers that have averaged $250,000 or less in annual gross sales in the last years. The applicant must be from a rural area, with a population less than 50,000 people; applicants from small towns are prioritized. The membership or board of the cooperative that is applying must be comprised of at least 75 percent socially disadvantaged producers.
Proposals are due July 27, 2010. For application template and guide visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/ssdpg/ssdpg.htm.