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Department of Agriculture: Outreach Education and Technical Assistance for Farm Service Agency Programs, Functions and Activities

Deadline: May 5, 2021

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support and further expand Farm Service Agency (FSA)’s existing program outreach and education efforts to socially disadvantaged applicants (SDA), specifically farmers and ranchers. The mission of the Farm Service Agency is equitably serving all farmers and ranchers through the delivery of effective, efficient agricultural programs for all Americans. However, FSA is aware that all farmers and ranchers may not be optimally aware of FSA programs. Therefore, this opportunity is intended to provide additional outreach to SDA farmers and ranchers in areas and communities where additional outreach would be beneficial. Projects should focus on additional outreach and education to producers in areas who could benefit from additional outreach in order to (1) increase access and participation of SDAs in FSA programs and services, and (2) improve technical assistance related to FSA farm and farm loan programs.

FSA county and state offices provide outreach and education for producers which typically involve public meetings and workshops with individual producers seeking additional information or to enroll in a program. However, additional targeted outreach efforts are needed for educating socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers on FSA programs and services. Socially disadvantaged groups are defined as a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities. These groups include: American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asians, Blacks or African Americans, Native Hawaiians or Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and in the case of FSA loan farm programs, women. This opportunity is intended to provide targeted, focused, specific outreach to socially disadvantaged producers in areas and communities where outreach efforts have not been effective in the past and where participation in FSA programs is historically lower for socially disadvantaged producers. The goal is to increase minority participation in FSA programs through outreach education and technical assistance efforts.

Examples of allowable activities include but are not limited to (see solicitation for more details):

  • Outreach: Workshops, online webinars, in person meetings and other community-level events.
  • Technical assistance: One-on-one assistance with farmers and ranchers; training on programs, forms and electronic applications.

Note: Priority will be given to projects that include focus on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP2) (https://farmers.gov/cfap).

Amount: $2,000,000 is available to make between 25-50 awards ranging from $20,000-$99,999 for a project period of six months to one year, based on an estimated project start date of September 1, 2021.

Note: Applications focused on the CFAP2 program may anticipate an earlier start date to address the timelier needs of that program.

Eligibility: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status other than institutions of higher education.

Note: Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332638

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