Strong Longstanding Partnership with USDA Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project have had a fruitful, win-win partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for many years.
The very first federal grant REAP received to begin our Hispanic Business Center work was a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in 2004. Over the 25-year history of REAP, several USDA Rural Development grants have furthered our work and mission to strengthen rural communities through small, self-employed business development.

Beginning in 1997, with a small technical assistance grant, working with CFRA/REAP has been a privilege.  The economic development opportunities coordinated with other partner agencies or specifically provided by CFRA/REAP are widespread and widely known in rural Nebraska.

USDA Rural Development’s investment in CFRA/REAP, whether through the Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) program or the Rural Microenterprise Assistance Program (RMAP), is federal dollars well spent for the future of rural Nebraska.

- Deborah Drbal, Business Program Specialist, USDA Rural Development

Rural Development staff have given us lots of referrals over the years, and we have enjoyed working with their expert staff. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable when we apply for grants. Their assistance has had a tremendous positive impact with rural entrepreneurs.
We're looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with USDA Rural Development as REAP continues to evolve. The Center for Rural Affairs' Certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Rural Investment Corporation, will offer new opportunities to strengthen the bonds.