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Services to Farmers from Underserved Populations

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (The 2501 Program)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)

Deadline Date:

06/08/22 11:59 PM EDT

Description:

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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153101

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$35,000,000

Number of Grants:

50

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

The project period must be three (3) years for all proposals.

Eligibility:

  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any non-profit, community-based organizations, tribal entity, networks, or a coalition of community-based organizations with at least 3 years of documented expertise in working with socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers or veteran farmers or ranchers that:
• Demonstrates experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services on USDA programs and services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers;
• Provides documentary evidence of work with, and on behalf of, socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers, or beginning farmers and ranchers during the 3-year period preceding the submission of a proposal for assistance under this program (the lead applicant and/or any organization(s) comprising of a coalition or network must meet the 3-year period preceding the submission criteria); and
• Does not or has not engaged in activities prohibited under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.2.
2. An 1890 or 1994 land-grant institution of higher education (as defined in 7 U.S.C. §7601 and in Section 533 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note)).
3. An American Indian Tribal community college or university or an Alaska Native cooperative college.
4. A Hispanic-Serving Institution of higher education (as defined in 7 U.S.C. §3103).
5. Any other institution of higher education (as defined in 20 U.S.C. §1001) that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturalrelated services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers.
6. Any Federally-recognized Indian Tribe (as defined in 25 U.S.C. §5131) or a national tribal organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers.
7. All other organizations or institutions that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996, but only with respect to projects that the Secretary considers similar to projects previously carried out by the entity under this program.

For information about unallowable uses of funds, see Page 3 of the RFP document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) and received by June 8, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Note that in order to submit proposals, organizations must create an account in Grants.gov and in the System for Awards Management (www.SAM.gov); both of which could take several weeks. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that organizations begin this process immediately. Registering early could prevent unforeseen delays in submitting your proposal.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338627

For a list of relevant application documents, see the Package tab (click Preview) on the link listed above.

Contact Information:

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
E-mail: 2501Grants@usda.gov

CFDA Number:

10.443

Funding or Pin Number:

OPPE-017

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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