NC Farmers: Apply Now for 2018 Grants!


2017 Grantee, Green Panda Farms, from the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund award ceremony.

We’re thrilled to announce that we are accepting inquiries and applications for our 2018 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund cost-share grants. The grant program assists entrepreneurial and innovative farmers and collaborative groups in developing new sources of agricultural income.

We will be serving the following counties in the upcoming grant cycle: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Vance, Wake, and Warren.

Important Dates

Early bird deadline EXTENDED: December 22, 2017
Final application deadline EXTENDED due to inclement weather: January 19, 2018, 5:00PM EST*
*Note the RAFI-USA office will be closed January 17 and possibly January 18 due to inclement weather. Program Coordinator, Daryn Lane, will be available to answer applicant’s questions at 919-542-1396, ext 213 or by email at

Award notification no later than: February 28, 2018
Applicants are encouraged to apply early bird to receive feedback before the final deadline.

Our grant program is now 20+ years old and has provided more than 600 grants to farmers and collaborative agricultural enterprises, including cooperatives and farmers’ markets, across North Carolina. (Our grants are currently only available to individuals and groups in NC.)

This year, our cost-share grants provide up to $9,000 for individual farmers and up to $11,000 for collaborative groups, which must include at least three eligible farmers, but may be led by other individuals or organizations.

Farmers who participate in our grant program and take advantage of our resources and information have a proven track record of successful business endeavors. We encourage all eligible farmers to inquire about the program and consider applying.

Learn more about the grant program and past projects funded through the program here:

Or, if you already know you’d like to apply, please fill out our inquiry form here.

The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund is generously supported by a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission.