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U.S. Department of Agriculture: Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program

Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program provides funding to support entities who, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), will conduct outreach, initiatives and training to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and veteran ranchers in owning and operating small farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the USDA.

Proposals must address two or more of the following priority areas:

  • Assist socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches
  • Improve participation among socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs
  • Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers and USDA’s local, state, regional, and national offices
  • Introduce agriculture-related information to farmers and ranchers through training and technical assistance techniques
  • Introduce agricultural education targeting socially disadvantaged youth, and/or socially disadvantaged beginning farmers and ranchers in rural and persistent poverty communities

Funding will be awarded based on peer competition within three categories:

  • Category 1 includes the following eligible entities: 1890 Land Grant colleges and universities, 1994 Alaska native and American Indian tribal colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institution of higher educations (IHEs)
  • Category 2 includes the following eligible entities: nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, including a network or coalition of community-based organizations, Indian tribes, and national tribal organizations
  • Category 3 includes the following eligible entities: all other IHEs, including 1862 colleges, nonprofit organizations without 501(c)3 status, and other organizations or institutions, including those that received funding before January 1, 1996

Amount: A total of $8,400,000 is available to award grants that range up to $200,000 each for a period of one year.

Eligibility:

  • Community-based organizations, networks, or coalitions of community-based organizations that: 1) demonstrate experience in providing agricultural education or other agricultural-related services to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers; 2) provide documentary evidence of work with, and on behalf of, socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers; and 3) do not or has not engaged in activities prohibited under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • An 1890 or 1994 institution of IHE
  • An American Indian tribal community college or Alaska native cooperative college
  • A Hispanic-serving IHE
  • Any other IHE that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agricultural-related services to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers
  • An Indian tribe or national tribal organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agricultural-related services to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers
  • All other organizations or institutions that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996, but only with respect to projects considered similar to projects previously carried out by the entity under this program

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302123

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