U.S. Department of Agriculture: Solicitation for Applications to Assist Persistent Poverty Farmers, Ranchers, Agriculture Producers and Communities through Agriculture Resources
Funding to assist persistent poverty farmers, ranchers, agriculture producers and communities through agriculture resources will be made available for the purpose of leveraging USDA, state, local and private sector resources, to address local agricultural and natural resource issues, encourage collaboration and to develop state and local leadership and partnerships to assist limited resource and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers and communities through agriculture industries. The eligible entities will provide technical assistance to persistent poverty communities, with emphasis on socially disadvantaged and/or veteran farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers to assist them in establishing a local working leaders group, identifying issues, challenges and assets, preparing a plan of action and identifying resources and means to address and accomplish results through available programmatic services and opportunities.
In addition, funding may be used to educate and assist persistent poverty communities with socially disadvantaged and/or veteran farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers on accessing resources and opportunities available through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Through the approved grant, organizations will assist persistent poverty communities and farmers, ranchers and agriculture producers by developing partnerships and strategies to address self-identified challenges and issues.
Note: Persistent poverty areas are defined as counties as being persistently poor if 20 percent or more of their populations were living in poverty based on the 1980, 1990, and 2000 decennial censuses and 2007-11 ACS 5-year estimates.Persistent poverty areas are available for review at: https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/county-typology-codes.aspx, including Opportunity Zones (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-18-48.pdf).
Amount: A total of $4,000,000,000 is available to make awards that will range up to $150,000 per year and will not exceed $450,000 over the 3-year project period.
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
- Native American tribal governments (federally and non-federally recognized)
- Private institutions of higher education
- Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
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