announced the availability of nearly $10 Million to support dedicated outreach and technical assistance programs to reach underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers to increase their participation in federal loan, conservation, and rural development programs.

The 2016 Funding Cycle

Grant proposals for this year’s funding cycle are due July 29, which gives organizations a much shorter application window than previous years.

Priority Areas

The fiscal year (FY) 2016 FOA has five priority areas, and all project proposals must address at least two of them:

The priority on youth projects in targeted zones has been designated by USDA as high-priority, and is a new focus of the program this year.

Grant projects cannot exceed $200,000 and must be limited to one year. Applicants can, however, propose a multi-year initiative, but it will only be funded for one year at a time and must re-compete for future funding in subsequent funding cycles.

Organizations may only submit one proposal for funding. No match is required.

Non-profit and community-based organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding from this program.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the program can be found in the Federal Register.

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Outreach and technical assistance programs for underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers -Due July 29

From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC):

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of nearly $10 Million to support dedicated outreach and technical assistance programs to reach underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers to increase their participation in federal loan, conservation, and rural development programs.

The 2016 Funding Cycle

Grant proposals for this year’s funding cycle are due July 29, which gives organizations a much shorter application window than previous years.

Priority Areas

The fiscal year (FY) 2016 FOA has five priority areas, and all project proposals must address at least two of them:

  • 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 socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers and USDA’s local, state, regional and National offices;
  • Introduce agriculture-related information to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers through innovative outreach and technical assistance techniques; and
  • Introduce agricultural education targeting socially disadvantaged youth and beginning farmers and farmworkers, including but not limited to StrikeForce and Promise Zone areas.

The priority on youth projects in targeted zones has been designated by USDA as high-priority, and is a new focus of the program this year.

Grant projects cannot exceed $200,000 and must be limited to one year. Applicants can, however, propose a multi-year initiative, but it will only be funded for one year at a time and must re-compete for future funding in subsequent funding cycles.

Organizations may only submit one proposal for funding. No match is required.

Non-profit and community-based organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding from this program.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for the program can be found in the Federal Register.