It is often critical to have professional services when beginning a new business venture and the Nebraska Cooperative Development Center is equipped to provide grants to cooperatives and groups who are in need of assistance in obtaining legal services, accounting, consulting, and other development services. These grants have been designed to provide new and beginning businesses with funding to complete the critical stages in business development.

NCDC Cooperative Business Development Mini Grant

Cooperative Business Development Grants are designed to provide new and existing cooperatively owned businesses with funding to complete the critical stages in business development and expansion.

  • Initial Development Assistance grants are designed for groups who are in the exploratory stages of development of multi-ownership or cooperative business.
  • Advanced Assistance grants are designed to provide incorporated multi-owner businesses or cooperatives the ability to hire professional services for the development of their cooperative or multi-owner business. These services may include attorney fees, accounting fees, and/or the development of marketing materials.

Maximum award $2,500

Applications for the 2024 Cooperative Business Development Mini-Grant Program will be accepted until February 15, 2024 at 2024 NCDC Mini Grant.

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants: To Help Ag Producers Bring Increased Value to Products

The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. 

Anyone interested in submitting an application for funding under this program should consult the Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant Program website periodically for updated information regarding funding for the Program.