AgVentures and AgPrime Farmer Grant Programs Now Open

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AgVentures and AgPrime farmer grant programs are now open!

Are you a family farm based in NC or a community organization that supports NC family farms? If so, you might be interested in applying for the NC AgVentures grant program through NC State Extension or the AgPrime Cost-Share Grant Opportunity through the University of Mount Olive (UMO). These grants are designed to help develop new and innovative agricultural projects to increase farm profitability. 

All 100 NC counties are served by three different farm cost-share programs funded by the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC). To find out which grant you are eligible to apply for based on your county visit AgVentures Grant Opportunities.

There are two grant options available through the NC AgVentures grant with awards up to $8,000: one for independent family farms and one for community grants for organizations supporting the farmers (i.e. NC State Extension, farming associations, co-ops, markets, etc.). Priority for grant recipients will be granted to applications that are current/former tobacco growers, former quota holders, tobacco workers or close family descendants; farms that have not received previous funding from the NCTTC, RAFI, or NC AgVentures; applicants that earn at least 50% of their gross personal income from their farm operation; and proposals that present a new direction or innovative opportunity to diversify, expand or implement new entrepreneurial plans for their farm operations. NC State Extension Agents or County Extension Directors can help farmers or organizations with their application and project goals. For tips on writing a successful application, criteria for the application, grant recipient responsibilities, and access to the application, visit: Apply for NC AgVentures Farm Grant. Projects should be completed by March 31, 2023. The deadline for applications is Dec 15. 

Funding proposals of up to $10,000 will be considered for farmers/agribusinesses through the AgPrime grant. Priority for grant recipients will be granted to applicants who earn at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation or agribusiness entity, and are current/former tobacco farmers or former quota holders. Funding for the AgPrime grant comes from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and is administered by the Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center at the University of Mount Olive. Anyone involved in agriculture work and hoping to test creative ideas, implement new marketing strategies, or increase farm profitability in the supported counties are encouraged to apply! UMO will work with applicants to discuss strategies and project ideas. To find more information about the grant opportunity as well as the link to the application visit: UMO Lois G. Brit Agribusiness Center. The deadline for applications is Dec 16. 

WNC AgOptions is administered by WNC Communities. This grant will open again in 2023.