ELDON, Mo— Rural communities all across Missouri are struggling to keep small businesses up and running. Now, a small city in Miller County has been offered a little help. Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Ashley Johnson visit with Missouri USDAState Director of Business Programs for the USDA Rural Development, Matt Moore, about the recently awarded grant:


USDA Rural Development is continually findings ways to offer help to small, rural communities. One of the many ways the USDA-RD is able to do that is by providing grants to eligible entities.

Recently, the Miller County Commission was presented with a $50,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant. Funds from the RBEG, which was consolidated into the Rural Business Development Grant Program in 2014, have been allotted to paving Scrivner Road in Eldon.

Missouri State Director of Business Programs for the USDA Rural Development, Matt Moore, said Eldon’s project was a perfect example of how this grant was designed to work.

“The project’s eligible because of the fact that there were small and emerging businesses that would benefit from the funding,” Moore explained, “So, the Miller County Commissioner will actually be responsible for getting that road paved and then it does help those businesses by allowing them to increase their costumer traffic and increase their sales.”

To find out if your community and local government are eligible for a Rural Business Development Grant and to learn more about other programs and help offered from the USDA and Rural Development, visit rd.usda.gov/mo.

As stated in the release- The USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $211 billion in loan and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.