U.S. Department of Agriculture
Grants, Loans & Loan Guarantees
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has over 180 standing
grant, loan, and loan guarantee programs
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USDA grants, loans, and loan guarantees -- with the sole exception of the Section 9003 loan guarantee program for first-of-a-kind renewable energy, renewable chemical, and biobased manufacturing projects -- are restricted to projects that are located in or benefit rural and exurban areas (with populations of 50,000 or less).
How to Find USDA Grants, Loans & Loan Guarantees
For links to general information on USDA grants and loans, go to:
It is advisable to use the USDA'S Map & Eligibility Search to learn if the address of the project you are proposing meets the USDA's location qualifications. Click the button below, click "Accept," then in the space labeled "Find Your Address" on the USDA's eligibility search tool, type in the address of your project.
USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development operates over 50 financial assistance programs for a variety of rural applications. These programs are grouped into 10 categories. For a list of the financial assistance programs in each category, along with eligibility criteria and details on how to apply, click the buttons below.
USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture (NIFA)
USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides funding for programs that advance agricultural-related science to address the agricultural issues impacting people’s daily lives and the nation’s future. The key objectives of NIFA are to:
Advance the competitiveness of American agriculture
Bolster the U.S. economy
Enhance the safety of the nation’s food supply
Improve the nutrition and well-being of American citizens
Sustain natural resources and the environment
Build energy independence
NIFA awards grants for multiple topics under 50 different programs. For more information, click the button below.