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USDA / Rural Development – Intermediary Relending Program

Rural Development IRP Fund targets non-agricultural businesses and industry that are located in rural communities with loans of up to $250,000.

IRP funding may be used for a number of purposes but to be eligible, ultimate recipients must be located in a rural area. Under the IRP, a rural area is any area that is not inside a city with a population of 25,000 or more according to the latest decennial census.

Eligible Activities include:

  • The acquisition, construction, conversion, enlargement, or repair of a business or business facility, particularly when jobs will be created or retained.
  • The purchase or development of land (easements, rights of way, buildings, facilities, leases, materials)
  • To purchase equipment, leasehold improvements, machinery, supplies
  • Start up costs and working capital
  • Pollution control and abatement
  • Transportation Services
  • Feasibility studies
  • Hotels, motels, B&Bs, convention centers

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program discrimination Complaint Form, AD:3027 found online here (External Link)  at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail:
    U. S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  • Fax: (202) 690-7442
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov

They worked with us through every phase of this project to collaborate with bankers and get us the funding we needed to keep our development on schedule.

Doug Sanford

Northdam Mill

They really helped our business stay on track.

John Grondin

Prescott Metal