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Deadline: January 10, 2019

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) Program seeks projects that will develop a model training program specifically designed for hands-on farming and ranching training for military veterans. These model training programs must:

  • Offer farm and ranch hands-on training and classroom education through an immersive onsite learning experience leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm/ranch operation/management practices aligned to the veteran cohort’s interests.
  • Develop or identify curriculum used, including cutting edge technologies and innovations that producers can adopt to help manage their operations.
  • Include the appropriate mix of education, workshops, tours, and instructor-supervised field experiences.
  • Be led and managed by a project team that has experience in one or more areas that include: veteran engagement in agricultural pursuits, particularly concerning small and medium-size farms and agribusiness, such as the provision of education and training to veterans and the development of skills leading to job placement and career opportunities in farming and ranching, including access to land, equipment, and capital; on-the-job training and education, apprenticeship, and business development activities for veterans pursuing vocational and entrepreneurial interests that support and grow the food supply chain; and/or efforts to enhance and increase workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans through volunteer engagement and leadership development efforts that promote nature-based reintegration, civic ecology, and earning farm and off-farm income.
  • Be led and managed by a project team that has demonstrated competency to implement a project of comparable size and complexity, provide fiscal accountability, collect data, and prepare reports and other necessary documentation.
  • Provide support for veteran participation with a special focus on diverse and underrepresented groups. Successful applications will include a sound approach to outreach and selection of participants.
  • As appropriate, align education and training goals with USDA programs and resources to increase awareness and engagement with state and local offices of Farm Service Agency (FSA), Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS), and Rural Development (RD), including learning about potential job and career opportunities within the USDA.
  • Evaluate the training model and participate in cross-program evaluation to assess the collective impact toward shared performance measures and outcome goals through activities that include Project Team meetings, conference calls, and engagement with federal agency partners as appropriate.
  • Ensure results are disseminated through an effective communication plan.
  • Contribute program information and resources to Farm Answers (https://farmanswers.org/Programs?au=Veterans).

Amount: An anticipated $4,797,500 will be available. Applications must not exceed $1,000,000 total (including indirect costs) for project periods of 3 years.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations.

*Note: January 11, 2019 is the deadline to submit the mandatory Letter of Intent. The deadline for full proposals is February 8, 2019.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310087

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