Rural Business Development Grants in South Dakota




Please select your state above to determine the deadline for applications.

What does this program do?
This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.
Who may apply for this program?
Rural public entities including, but not limited to:
  • Towns.
  • Communities.
  • State agencies.
  • Authorities.
  • Nonprofit corporations.
  • Institutions of higher education.
  • Federally-recognized tribes.
  • Rural cooperatives (if organized as a private nonprofit corporation).
What is an eligible area?
Rural Business Development Grant money must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more. Check eligible areas.
What kind of funding is available?
There is no maximum grant amount; however, smaller requests are given higher priority. There is no cost sharing requirement. Opportunity grants are limited to up to 10 percent of the total Rural Business Development Grant annual funding.
How may funds be used?
Enterprise grants must be used on projects to benefit small and emerging businesses in rural areas as specified in the grant application. Uses may include:
  • Training and technical assistance, such as project planning, business counseling and training, market research, feasibility studies, professional or/technical reports or producer service improvements.
  • Acquisition or development of land, easements, or rights of way; construction, conversion, renovation of buildings; plants, machinery, equipment, access for streets and roads; parking areas and utilities.
  • Pollution control and abatement.
  • The capitalization of revolving loan funds, including funds that will make loans for start-ups and working capital.
  • Distance adult learning for job training and advancement.
  • Rural transportation improvement.
  • Community economic development.
  • Technology-based economic development.
  • Feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.
  • Rural business incubators.
  • Long-term business strategic planning.
Opportunity grants can be used for:
  • Community economic development.
  • Technology-based economic development.
  • Feasibility studies and business plans.
  • Leadership and entrepreneur training.
  • Rural business incubators.
  • Long-term business strategic planning.
How are applications evaluated?
All applications are evaluated based on:
  • Evidence showing job creation at local businesses.
  • Percent of non-federal funding committed to the project.
  • Economic need in the area to be served.
  • Consistency with local economic development priorities.
  • Experience of the grantee with similar efforts.
Other factors are described in the current Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA), if one is published.
How do we get started?
  • Applications are accepted through USDA Rural Development’s local or state offices. Applicants are advised to view program information specific to your local or state office to learn about local application timelines, concept paper requirements, etc.
  • Grant awardees will need to complete required paperwork and comply with the terms and conditions of the award. Contact your local or state office for details.
Who can answer questions?
What law governs this program?
  • Basic Program – 7 CFR Part 4280, Subpart E. This program is authorized by the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (ConAct).
What governed the predecessor programs of Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) and Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG), as well as all awards given before FY 2015?
Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
This program provides grant money to assist with economic development planning and/or the financing or expansion of rural businesses. 
NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What law governs this program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance.



NOTICE: The RBDG application deadline is March 31, 2021.  Applicants are encouraged to mail their applications or schedule an appointment to hand deliver. 

Applications are accepted all year and are subject to funding availability. For an opportunity to receive 2021 funding, applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2021.   


2021 RBDG Application Template

DUNS Request Step-by-Step Instructions

SAM Registration Template


•    SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance
•    SF-424A, Budget Information Non-Construction Programs
•    SF-424B, Assurances - Non-Construction Projects Only
•    SF-424C, Budget Information -Construction Programs
•    SF-424D, Assurances - Construction Projects Only
•    SF-LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
•    RD 400-1, Equal Opportunity Agreement
•    RD 400-4, Assurance Agreement
•    AD 1047, Certification Regarding Debarment
•    AD 1048, Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion –
Lower Tier Covered Transactions

•    AD 1049, Certification Regarding Drug Free Workplace
•    AD-3030, Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquency Status for Corporate Applicants
•    RD Inst. 1940-Q, Exhibit A-1, Certification for Contracts, Grants, & Loans
•    Survey on Ensuring Equal Opportunity for Applicants
•    RBDG Applicant-Grantee Certifications
•    SD - RBDG Applicant’s Guide to Providing Environmental Review Information
•    SD – RBDG Certification for Rural Development Assistance to an Employee, Relative or Associate

NOTE: If state specific forms are not shown above, please refer to the application materials listed below to start the process of applying. Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to find the State Office contact information for this program and speak to a Business Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in the process.

Preliminary Actions Required

To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM) and also have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number. Neither of these applications cost money, but they can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with these systems, you do not need to do it again.

Special Alert for SAM Registrants

Last year, we alerted our vendor community to third party companies offering to help you update information contained within the System for Award Management ( website, for a fee.  Your SAM registration contains sensitive business information, including your banking information and other sensitive information, so your login and password should not be shared with anyone outside your company.  As a reminder, the use of the System for Award Management website is free to use and update, and the Commodity Procurement Staff does not see a reason to pay anyone to provide that service. 

Secondly, we have just become aware of a couple of scam emails that offer to “help companies start the renewal process online” or suggest that “Your Federal Profile is Almost Complete. Immediate Action Required!”  In both cases, your free access to will resolve any questions you may have regarding your registration in  As you know requires an annual recertification and sends out email reminders prior to the expiration, and again, updates should be handled by company employees.  Furthermore, if your registration is not complete, you may login to to make that determination for yourself. 

Please remember that is not affiliated with the USDA and is a government-wide website not maintained by our Agency.  If you have any questions regarding access or how to use SAM, please contact their help desk at 866-606-8220, option #1.

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

South Dakota Rural Business-Cooperative Programs Contact Map


Grant Konechne, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs Director
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1108
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Clark Guthmiller, Specialist
1717 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 102
Pierre, SD  57501
Serves Campbell, Corson, Dewey,
Haakon, Hughes, Jones, Mellette, Potter,
Stanley, Sully, Todd, Walworth, and
Phone: (605) 301-3409
Fax: (855) 262-1942

Gary Wedel, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serves Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Charles
Mix, Davison, Douglas, Faulk, Gregory,
Hand, Hanson, Hyde, Jerauld, Lake,
Lyman, McCook, Miner, Sanborn, Spink,
and Tripp
Phone: (605) 299-3339
Fax: (855) 262-1941

Lance Lockwood (605) 858-6681, Specialist
414 East Stumer Road, Suite 200
Rapid City, SD  57701
Serves Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River,
Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade,
Oglala Lakota, Perkins, and Pennington
Phone: (605) 858-6683
Fax: (855) 262-1943

Tyler Hinrichs, Specialist
2408 East Benson Road
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
Serves Bon Homme, Clay, Hutchinson,
Lincoln, Minnehaha, Moody, Turner, Union,
and Yankton
Phone: (605) 937-4770
Fax: (855) 262-1944

Cayla Holleman, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serves Beadle, Brookings, Clark, Deuel, and Kingsbury
Phone: (605) 299-3357
Fax: (855) 262-1941

Clark Guthmiller (605) 301-3409 or Roxanne Woodring (605) 824-3623, Specialist
524 Enterprise Street South, Suite 100
Aberdeen, SD  57401
Serves Brown, Codington, Day, Edmunds,
Grant, Hamlin, Marshall, McPherson, and
Phone: (605) 824-3627
Fax: (855) 262-1939

Carolyn Bloodgood, Technician
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1144
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Teresa Urban, Loan Technician
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1141
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Peggy Ryan, Loan Technician
1717 North Lincoln Avenue
Suite 102
Pierre, SD  57501
Phone: (605) 301-3407
Fax: (855) 262-1942