Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grant Deadline of 11/2/15

(Submitted by Brad Bapst, Director, Small Business Development Center, OSU South Centers)

Notice from: Randel Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development

November 2, 2015, is the first deadline for accepting applications to the Rural Energy for America Program for projects requesting $20,000 and less. If you are considering financing options for your small renewable energy project or energy efficiency improvement project, I would encourage the submission of an application prior to the deadline of November 2, 2015.

In brief, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) is intended to encourage rural small for-profit businesses and agricultural producers to install renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The grant program can help to pay for up to twenty-five percent of the total eligible project costs. Please keep in mind that this program can only assist with costs incurred after an application for this program is received by this office. This is a highly competitive program and not all applications will receive the funding requested. Residential improvements are not permitted through this program.

Should you have any questions please contact me at 614-255-2424 or Christie Hooks at 614-255-2397.

Thank you.
Randy M.

Randel Monhemius, Business Program Specialist
USDA, Rural Development
200 North High St., Room 507
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone 614-255-2424
Fax 614-255-2562
Randy.Monhemius@oh.usda.gov
www.rurdev.usda.gov

2015-16 OCDC Seed Grants Now Available!

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

ScreenHunter_631 Oct. 13 13.24Our 2015-16 OCDC Seed Grants are now available! Please read the RFP carefully before completing the application as changes have been made to this year’s eligibility and requirements. Click to view OCDC Seed Grant RFP.

If you have questions or would like to talk to us about your project, feel free to contact Hannah at scott.1220@osu.edu or Kim at roush.143@osu.edu.

Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE)

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

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The Ohio International Market Access Grant for Exporters (IMAGE), funded by the state of Ohio and the U.S. Small Business Administration, is designed to increase exports and create jobs. The IMAGE grant offers financial assistance for small business to promote their products and services in international markets. The grant will provide a 50 percent reimbursement up to $10,000 per fiscal year for qualifying activities.

All eligible activities must be completed by September 30, 2015.

For more information about the AEG grant and how to apply, contact Kelly O’Bryant District 7 International Trade and Assistance Center Director, at 740-289-2071 Ext. 235 or email at obryant.6@osu.edu.

Ohio Appalachia Export Grant

(Submitted by Kelly O’Bryant, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

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The Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG) is now available to companies in Appalachia Ohio.

AEG funds will reimburse companies a maximum of $3,000 (50% reimbursement on qualifying expenditures up to $6,000) for qualifying activities. The minimum reimbursement amount is $500 (50% of expenditures of $1,000). Grant applications must be pre-approved prior to the start of the activities. Grant dollars must be utilized by September 30, 2015.

The purpose of this program is to assist businesses located in the Appalachian region to promote their products and services in international markets by attending international trade shows. Exporting enables companies to extend their product life cycles, take advantage of seasonality in products, and create global brand awareness.

An eligible applicant must:
• Operate a licensed business in Appalachian Ohio to manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service
• Be in good standing with all State of Ohio agencies
• Meet the requirements of the Small Business Size Regulations set forth by the SBA
• Must be operating profitably, based on operation in the U.S. from the firm’s most recently completed fiscal year.

For more information about the AEG grant and how to apply, contact Kelly O’Bryant District 7 International Trade and Assistance Center Director, at 740-289-2071 Ext. 235 or email at obryant.6@osu.edu.

Seed Grants Available for Cooperatives!

(Submitted by Hannah Scott, Manager, Ohio Cooperative Development Center, OSU South Centers)

OCDC administers a reimbursement seed grant program available to groups interested in exploring or growing a cooperative. Funds for the 2014-2015 program year are available on a first come, first served basis.

The Ohio Cooperative Development Center (OCDC) at Ohio State University South Centers offers reimbursement seed grants to groups interested in exploring or growing a cooperative. Over the last five program years, OCDC has awarded over $60,000 to over 25 groups. Seed grants have been used to provide training 2015 5-4 Seed Grant Picsregarding cooperative governance, obtain professional assistance with cooperative formation including legal reviews of bylaws and articles of incorporation, and development of marketing tools and materials, among other activities.

Groups interested in forming a new cooperative may request up to $1,500 for research and early planning, feasibility study activities, or formation services. Eligible costs may include legal and/or professional fees, focus groups, development of articles of incorporation, and financial projections, among other preformation work. Groups that are already incorporated as cooperatives or member controlled businesses may request up to $3,000 for assistance with expansion into new markets and/or enterprises. Examples of eligible expenses include marketing and promotions, contract services, training and development, accounting systems, bylaw completion, and contractual document development, among others.

Currently, the seed grant program for 2014-2015 is still accepting applications. Seed grants are available on a first come, first served basis until funds are depleted. This is a reimbursement program; recipients must provide 35% matching funds for project costs. Because of program updates, project deadlines have been extended. Projects must be completed and proper documentation provided to OCDC no later than August 15, 2015 in order to receive reimbursement funds.

For further information about seed grant availability and other program details, email Kimberly Roush at roush.143@osu.edu, call 740-289-2071 x232, or go to southcenters.osu.edu/cooperatives under the Seed Grants tab to view the request for proposals and download an application.

Grant Dollars Available for Exporting Companies in Appalachian Region

(Submitted by Melissa Carter, Director, International Trade Assistance Center, OSU South Centers)

Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG)

The Ohio Appalachia Export Grant (AEG) is now available to companies in Appalachia Ohio.

AEG funds will reimburse companies a maximum of $3,000 (50% reimbursement on qualifying expenditures up to $6,000) for qualifying activities. The minimum reimbursement amount is $500 (50% of expenditures of $1,000). Grant applications must be pre-approved prior to the start of the activities. Grant dollars must be utilized by September 30, 2015.

The purpose of this program is to assist businesses located in the Appalachian region to promote their products and services in international markets by attending international trade shows. Exporting enables companies to extend their product life cycles, take advantage of seasonality in products, and create global brand awareness.

An eligible applicant must:
• Operate a licensed business in Appalachian Ohio to manufacture, assemble and/or distribute a product or provide an exportable service
• Be in good standing with all State of Ohio agencies
• Meet the requirements of the Small Business Size Regulations set forth by the SBA
• Must be operating profitably, based on operation in the U.S. from the firm’s most recently completed fiscal year.

For more information about the AEG grant and how to apply, contact Melissa Carter, District 7 International Trade and Assistance Center Director, at 740-289-2071 Ext. 222 or email at carter.1094@osu.edu.