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Market Development Cooperator Program
Partnering to help U.S. companies compete in international markets


Who is Eligible to Apply?

Trade associations, chambers of commerce and other non-profit businesses and organizations are generally eligible to apply for an MDCP award. Such groups represent the business interests of large numbers of firms, or even entire industries. An MDCP Award to such an organization will benefit not just one company, but rather a broad base of U.S. firms or even all U.S. firms in a particular industry. Here is a list of some of the types of organizations most often found to be eligible to apply for an MDCP award.

  • Trade associations
  • State departments of trade
  • Regional associations of trade and economic development
  • World Trade Centers
  • Chambers of commerce
  • Small business development centers
  • Non-profit industry organizations

See the  notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) a more detailed explanation of eligibility. If you are interested in applying for an MDCP award, request an eligibility determination by following the steps below. See the Table of Eligible Entities for more information.

Eligibility Determination Request

If there is a good chance that you will apply for an MDCP award, send a letter, email, or fax requesting an eligibility determination to:

Julie Geiger
U.S. Dept. of Commerce
14th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
Room 2872
Washington, DC 20230

Your request does not need to be mailed. You may email your request to with documents attached. If you already have an eligibility determination from us, you do not need to request another one. A determination from several years ago is valid. No resubmission of documents is needed unless you changed your organization’s legal name or adopter a new or amended charter.