Section 2501 Program for Outreach & Assistance to Farmers of Color and Veterans in Agriculture

This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (hereinafter known as the “2501 Program”). Apply by August 7, 2017.

Funding is being provided to eligible entities who, in partnership with the Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO), will conduct outreach initiatives and training to achieve the overall goal of the 2501 Program—to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Individual applicants do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Only one project proposal may be submitted per eligible entity. Proposals must be submitted through www.grants.gov and received by August 7, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

At least two (2) teleconferences will be held during the open period of this announcement to answer any clarifying questions.

More information is available in the Federal Register notice:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/06/21/2017-12972/catalog-of-federal-domestic-assistance-cfda-no-10443-outreach-and-assistance-for-socially

And on the website of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition:

http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/2501-grants-available/

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