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

Deadline: March 23, 2021

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. AgVets projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans. Ensuring there are pathways for military veterans interested in pursuing careers in agriculture — regardless of age or production choice — strengthens agricultural production and rural economies across the United States. AgVets seeks to support nonprofit organizations for training programs and services to establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans.

Amount: $4,850,000 is available to make awards that range up to $250,000.

Eligibility: Nonprofit entities may apply. Project partners and collaborators need not meet the eligibility requirement. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the successful completion of the project.

Link: https://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/enhancing-agricultural-opportunities-military-veterans

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