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Notice of Funds Availability for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2011

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Summary

The Notice announces the funds available for loans and grants under the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) pursuant to 7 CFR part 4280, subpart D for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011.

Total Funding: $13,910,351.

Technical Assistance (TA) Only Grants: $410,500.

Microlender TA Grants: $2,607,570.

Loans: $10,892,281.

The minimum loan amount a Microenterprise Development Organization (MDO) may borrow under this program is $50,000. The maximum loan any MDO may borrower in any given year is $500,000. The maximum amount of Technical Assistance (TA)-only grants in FY 2011 is $40,000 per grantee and total TA-only grants funding will not exceed 10 percent of the amount appropriated to the RMAP program in the fiscal year.

The commitment of program dollars will be made to applicants of selected responses that have fulfilled the necessary requirements for obligation.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Applications for participating in this Program will be accepted on an on-going basis, but will be awarded each Federal fiscal quarter. Applications received after June 30, 2011, will be considered for an award of funds available in the first quarter of FY 2012.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Applications and forms may be obtained from any Rural Development State Office. Applicants must submit an original complete application to the USDA Rural Development State Office in the State where the applicant's project is located. A list of the USDA Rural Development State Offices addresses and telephone numbers are listed below.

Note:

Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free.

Alabama Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Sterling Centre, Suite 601, 4121 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106-3683, (334) 279-3400/TDD (334) 279-3495.

Alaska Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 800 West Evergreen, Suite 201,Palmer, AK 99645-6539, (907) 761-7705/TDD (907) 761-8905.

Arizona Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 230 N. 1st Ave., Suite 206, Phoenix, AZ 85003, (602) 280-8701/TDD (602) 280-8705.

Arkansas Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 700 West Capitol Avenue, Room 3416,Little Rock, AR 72201-3225, 7(501) 301-3200/TDD (501) 301-3279.

California Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 430 G Street, # 4169, Davis, CA 95616-4169, (530) 792-5800/TDD (530) 792-5848.

Colorado Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 655 Parfet Street, Room E-100, Lakewood, CO 80215-5517, (720) 544-2903/TDD (720) 544-2981.

Delaware-Maryland Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1221 College Park Drive, Suite 200,Dover, DE 19904, (302) 857-3580/TDD (302) 857-3585.

Florida/Virgin Islands Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 4440 NW., 25th Place, P.O. Box 147010, Gainesville, FL 32614-7010, (352) 338-3400/TDD (352) 338-3499.

Georgia Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Stephens Federal Building, 355 E. Hancock Avenue, Athens, GA 30601-2768, (706) 546-2162/TDD (706) 546-2034.

Hawaii Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 311, 154 Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720, (808) 933-8380/TDD (808) 933-8321.

USDA Rural Development State Office, 9173 West Barnes Dr., Suite A1,Boise, ID 83709, (208) 378-5600/TDD (208) 378-5644.

Illinois Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 2118 West Park Court, Suite A, Champaign, IL 61821, (217) 403-6200/TDD (217) 403-6240.

Indiana Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 5975 Lakeside Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN 46278, (317) 290-3100/TDD (317) 290-3343.

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 873, 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309, (515) 284-4663/TDD (515) 284-4858.

Kansas Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1303 S.W. First American Place, Suite 100, Topeka, KS 66604-4040, (785) 271-2700/TDD (785) 271-2767.

Kentucky Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Lexington, KY 40503, (859) 224-7300/TDD (859) 224-7422.

Louisiana Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3727 Government Street, Alexandria, LA 71302, (318) 473-7921/TDD (318) 473-7655.

USDA Rural Development State Office, 967 Illinois Avenue, Suite 4, P.O. Box 405, Bangor, ME 04402-0405, (207) 990-9160/TDD (207) 942-7331.

Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connecticut Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 451 West Street, Suite 2, Amherst, MA 01002-2999, (413) 253-4300/TDD (413) 253-4590.

Michigan Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI 48823, (517) 324-5190/TDD (517) 324-5169

Minnesota Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 375 Jackson Street, Suite 410, St. Paul, MN 55101-1853, (651) 602-7800/TDD (651) 602-3799.

Mississippi Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Suite 831, 100 W. Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269-1608, (601) 965-4316/TDD (601) 965-5850

Missouri Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 601 Business Loop 70 West, Parkade Center, Suite 235, Columbia, MO 65203-2579, (573) 876-0976/TDD (573) 876-9480.

Montana Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 900 Technology Boulevard, Suite B, Unit 1, P.O. Box 850, Bozeman, MT 59771, (406) 585-2580/TDD (406) 585-2562.

Nebraska Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 152, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508-3803, (402) 437-5551/TDD (402) 437-5093.

Nevada Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1390 South Curry Street, Carson City, NV 89703-5146, (775) 887-1222/TDD (775) 885-0633.

New Jersey Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 8000 Midlantic Drive, 5th Floor North, Suite 500, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054-1522, (856) 787-7700/TDD (856) 787-7784.

New Mexico Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 6200 Jefferson Street, NE., Room 255, Albuquerque, NM 87109-3434, (505) 761-4950/TDD (505) 761-4938.

New York Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, The Galleries of Syracuse, 441 South Salina Street, Suite 357, Syracuse, NY 13202-2541, (315) 477-6400/TDD (315) 477-6447.

North Carolina Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 4405 Bland Road, Suite 260, Raleigh, NC 27609, (919) 873-2000/TDD (919) 873-2003.

North Dakota Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 208, 220 East Rosser, P.O. Box 1737, Bismarck, ND 58502-1737, (701) 530-2037/TDD (701) 530-2113

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 507, 200 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215-2418, (614) 255-2400/TDD (614) 255-2554.

Oklahoma Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 100 USDA, Suite 108, Stillwater, OK 74074-2654, (405) 742-1000/TDD (405) 742-1007.

Oregon Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1201 NE., Lloyd Blvd., Suite 801, Portland, OR 97232-1274, (503) 414-3300/TDD (503) 414-3387.

Pennsylvania Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, One Credit Union Place, Suite 330, Harrisburg, PA 17110-2996, (717) 237-2299/TDD (717) 237-2261.

Puerto Rico Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, IBM Building, Suite 601, 654 Munos Rivera Avenue, San Juan, PR 00918-6106, (787) 766-5095/TDD (787) 766-5332.

South Carolina Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Strom Thurmond Federal Building, 1835 Assembly Street, Room 1007, Columbia, SC 29201-2449, (803) 765-5163/TDD (803) 765-5697.

South Dakota Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Room 210, 200 Fourth Street, SW, Huron, SD 57350-2461, (605) 352-1100/TDD (605) 352-1147.

Tennessee Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 3322 West End Avenue, Suite 300, Nashville, TN 37203-1084, (615) 783-1300.

USDA Rural Development State Office, Federal Building, Suite 102, 101 South Main, Temple, TX 76501-7651, (254) 742-9700/TDD (254) 742-9712.

USDA Rural Development State Office, Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125 South State Street, Room 4311, Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1106, (801) 524-4320/TDD (801) 524-3309.

Vermont/New Hampshire Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, City Center, 3rd Floor, 89 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602-4449, (802) 828-6000/TDD (802) 223-6365.

Virginia Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 238, Richmond, VA 23229-5014, (804) 287-1550/TDD (804) 287-1753.

Washington Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1835 Black Lake Boulevard SW., Suite B, Olympia, WA 98512-5715, (360) 704-7740/TDD (360) 704-7760.

West Virginia Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 1550 Earl Core Road, Suite 101, Morgantown, WV 26505, (304) 284-4860/TDD (304) 284-4836.

Wisconsin Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 4949 Kirschling Court, Stevens Point, WI 54481-7044, (715) 345-7600/TDD (715) 345-7614.

Wyoming Back to Top

USDA Rural Development State Office, 100 East B Street, Room 1005, P.O. Box 11005, Casper, WY 82602-5006, (307) 233-6700/TDD (307) 233-6733.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

For further information on this Notice, please contact the USDA Rural Development State Office for your respective State, as provided in the ADDRESSES section of this Notice.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Environmental Impact Statement Back to Top

This document has been reviewed in accordance with 7 CFR part 1940, subpart G, “Environmental Program.” Rural Development has determined that this action does not constitute a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment, and in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., an Environmental Impact Statement is not required.

Paperwork Reduction Act Back to Top

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, the paperwork burden associated with this Notice has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under OMB Control Number 0570-0062.

Overview Back to Top

Federal Agency Name: Rural Business-Cooperative Service (an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture in the Rural Development mission area).

Solicitation Opportunity Title: Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program.

Announcement Type: Initial announcement.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number. The CFDA number for this Notice is 10.870.

DATES: Back to Top

Applications for participating in this Program will be accepted on an on-going basis, but will be awarded each Federal fiscal quarter basis. Applications received after June 30, 2011 will be considered for an award of funds available in the first quarter of FY 2012.

Availability of Notice and Rule. This Notice and the interim rule for the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP) are available on the USDA Rural Development Web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP-LoanAndGrants.html.

I. Funding Opportunity Description

A. Purpose of the Program. The purpose of RMAP is to support the development and ongoing success of rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises (businesses generally with ten employees or fewer and in need of financing in the amount of $50,000 or less as defined in 7 CFR 4280.302).

Assistance provided to rural areas under this program may include the provision of loans and grants to rural Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) for the provision of microloans to rural microenterprises and microentrepreneurs; provision of business-based training and technical assistance to rural microborrowers and potential microborrowers; and other such activities as deemed appropriate by the Secretary to ensure the development and ongoing success of rural microenterprises.

B. Statutory Authority. The RMAP is authorized by Section 379E of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 USC 2008s). Regulations are contained in 7 CFR Part 4280, subpart D.

C. Definition of Terms. The definitions applicable to this Notice are published at 7 CFR 4280.302.

II. Award Information

A. Type of Award: Loan and/or Grant.

B. Fiscal Year Funds: FY 2011.

C. Total Funding:$13,910,351.

Technical Assistance (TA) Only Grants: $410,500.

Microlender TA Grants: $2,607,570.

Loans: $10,892,281.

D. Approximate Number of Awards: 35.

E. Anticipated Award Date:

  • Fourth Quarter, September 15, 2011.

In the event some program funds allocated for a particular quarter of FY 2011 are not obligated, the remaining unobligated funds will be carried over to the next Federal fiscal quarter. Any FY 2011 funds not obligated under this Notice will be carried over into FY 2012.

III. Eligibility Information Back to Top

A. Eligible applicants. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must meet the eligibility requirements in 7 CFR 4280.310.

B. Cost share requirements. The Federal share of the eligible project cost of a microborrower's project funded under this Notice shall not exceed 75 percent. The cost share requirement shall be met by the microlender in accordance with the requirements specified in 7 CFR 4280.311(d).

C. Matching fund requirements. The MDO is required to provide a match of not less than 15 percent of the total amount of the grant in the form of matching funds, indirect costs, or in-kind goods or services.

D. Other eligibility requirements. Applications will only be accepted from eligible MDOs. Eligible MDOs must score a minimum of 70 points out of 100 points to be considered to receive an award. Awards each Federal fiscal quarter will be based on ranking with the highest ranking applications being funded first, subject to available funding.

E. Completeness eligibility. All applications must be submitted as a complete application, in one package. Applications will not be considered for funding if they do not provide sufficient information to determine eligibility or are unbound, falling apart, or otherwise not suitable for evaluation. Such applications will be withdrawn.

IV. Fiscal Year 2011 Application and Submission Information

A. Application submittal. Loan applications must be submitted in paper format. Grant applications may be submitted in either paper or electronic format via Grants.gov.

If applications are submitted in paper format, they must be bound in a 3-ring binder and must be organized in the same order set forth in 7 CFR 4280.315. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications using an overnight, express, or parcel delivery service.

Applicants are encouraged to submit grant only applications through the Grants.gov Web site at: http://www.grants.gov. Users of Grants.gov will be able to download a copy of the grant application package, complete it off line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov Web site. USDA Rural Development strongly encourages applicants not to wait until the application deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.go v.

When applicants enter the Grants.gov Web site, they will find information about submitting a grant application electronically through the site as well as the hours of operation. Applicants may submit all documents electronically through the Web site, including all information required for a complete grant application and all necessary assurances and certifications under 7 CFR 4280.315. After electronically submitting an application through the Web site, the applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgement from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. USDA Rural Development may request that the applicant provide original signatures on forms at a later date.

All applicants, whether filing applications through http://www.Grants.gov or by paper, must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at 1-866-705-5711 or online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

Please note that applicants can locate the downloadable application package for this program by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number, which is 10.870, or FedGrants Funding Opportunity Number, which can be found at http://www.Grants.gov.

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. All applicants, in accordance with 2 CFR part 25, must have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number, which can be obtained at no cost via a toll-free request line at 1-866-705-5711 or online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. Similarly, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 25, all applicants must be registered in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) prior to submitting an application. Applicants may register for the CCR at http://www.ccr.gov, or by calling 1-866-606-8220 and press “1” for CCR and maintain an active CCR registration with current information at all times during which they have an active Federal award or application under consideration by an agency. All recipients of Federal financial assistance are required to report information about first-tier sub-awards and executive total compensation in accordance with 2 CFR part 170.

B. Content and form of submission. An application must contain all of the required elements outlined in 7 CFR 4280.315. Each application must address the applicable scoring criteria presented in 7 CFR 4280.316 for the type of funding being requested.

C. Submission dates and times. The original complete application must be received by the USDA Rural Development State Office no later than 4:30 p.m. local time by the application deadline dates listed above, regardless of the postmark date, in order to be considered for funds available in that Federal fiscal quarter.

Unless withdrawn by the applicant, completed applications that receive a score of at least 70 (the minimum required to be considered for funding), but have not yet been funded, will be retained by the Agency for consideration in subsequent reviews through a total of four consecutive quarterly reviews. Applications that remain unfunded after four quarterly reviews, including the initial quarter in which the application was competed, will not be considered further for an award.

V. Application Review Information

Awards under this Notice will be made on a competitive basis each Federal fiscal quarter. Each application received in the USDA Rural Development State Office will be reviewed, scored, and ranked to determine if it is consistent with the program requirements. Applications will be scored based on the applicable scoring criteria contained in 7 CFR 4280.316. Failure to address any of the applicable scoring criteria will result in a zero-point score for that section. An application must receive at least 70 points to be considered for funding in the quarter in which it is scored.

VI. Award Administration Information

Successful applicants will receive notification for funding from the USDA Rural Development State Office. Applicants must comply with all applicable statutes and regulations before the award will be approved. Unsuccessful applications will receive notification by mail.

VII. Agency Contacts

For general questions about this Notice, please contact your USDA Rural Development State Office as provided in the Addresses section of this Notice.

Nondiscrimination Statement:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and, where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (toll free), (202) 260-1026, or (202) 401-0216 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Dated: September 20, 2011.

Judith A. Canales,

Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Programs.

[FR Doc. 2011-24649 Filed 9-23-11; 8:45 am]

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