U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)
06/08/22 11:59 PM EDT
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and tribal governments to provide services to farmers from underserved populations. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. The purpose of the program is to extend the outreach of the USDA to farmers and agricultural producers who have historically experienced limited access to USDA programs and services.
Proposals must be consistent with requirements stated in 7 U.S.C. 2279(c)(3). Under this statute, the outreach and technical assistance program funds shall be used exclusively:
1. To enhance coordination of the outreach, technical assistance, education, and training efforts authorized under USDA agriculture programs;
2. To assist the Secretary of Agriculture in:
a. reaching current and prospective socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or beginning farmers and ranchers in a linguistically appropriate manner; and
b. improving the participation of those farmers and ranchers in USDA programs.
There are five programmatic mission areas that support the goals of the 2501 Program. Proposals from eligible entities must address at least two of the five following programmatic mission areas as they develop their goals:
i. Assist socially disadvantaged, veteran farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;
ii. Improve participation among socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;
iii. Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are socially disadvantaged or veterans and USDA’s local, state, regional, and National offices;
iv. Assist in reaching current and prospective socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners in a linguistically appropriate manner; and
v. Assist with identifying problems and barriers socially disadvantaged farmers experience and working towards minimizing or alleviating those issues to enable their equitable participation in USDA programs.
GrantWatch ID#: 153101
The maximum amount of requested federal funding for projects shall not exceed $750,000 over the 3-year period. Additionally, the maximum award per year is $250,000.
The project period must be three (3) years for all proposals.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For further information, contact:
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement
Attn: Director, Grant Programs
Jamie L. Whitten Building, Room 524-A
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250
Phone: (202) 720-6350
Fax: (202) 720-7704
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