Apply for an ARF Grant

RAFI-USA expects to be accepting applications for our 2020 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant program later this fall. If you’re considering applying for a grant, please fill out the grant inquiry form below. After you submit the form, we will send you an email with an application and other information to help you write a good proposal. Through the inquiry form, we are also able to keep track of individuals who are in the process of applying. We will also share changes to deadlines, updates, or other information pertaining to the grant program to those who fill out the grant inquiry form. 

Please note: the grant inquiry form below is NOT the grant application, but it is important to complete the grant inquiry form in order to receive ongoing updates about the program as described above.

Download the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant flyer

Download a short PDF on how to write a successful proposal  

2019 Eligible Counties

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: November 30, 2018

Final application deadline EXTENDED: 5:00pm EST, January 8, 2019

Award notification no later than: March 1, 2019

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by the Early Bird deadline. Applicants who submit their application by the Early Bird deadline have the opportunity to receive feedback and resubmit their application by the final deadline if they elect to do so.

Outreach Sessions

Find out more information and ask questions about the grant program during the following ARF Outreach Events:

Outreach sessions for the 2020 grant program will be announced soon! 

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018, 6-8pm
Caswell County Agriculture Services
126 Court Square #211, Yanceyville, NC 27379

Thursday, November 1st, 2018, 6-8pm
Rowan County Cooperative Extension Office
2727 Old Concord Rd. A, Salisbury, NC 28146

Thursday, November 8th, 2018, 6-8pm
Vance County Extension Center
305 Young St, Henderson, NC 27536
RSVP here

Monday, November 12th, 2018, 6-8pm
Dan Pollitt Center
274 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
RSVP here

Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5:30-8pm
“Growing Your Produce Business”
Halifax Community College Small Business Center, room 401
with Working Landscapes, NC Cooperative Extension, Black Family Land Trust, NC Growing Together
RSVP required

Application Submission Options

  • Email your application to arfprogram@rafiusa.org with the subject line “Grant application 2019” by January 8, 2018 at 5:00pm
  • Print & mail your application postmarked by January 8,  2018 at 5:00pm to: RAFI-USA, Attn: ARF Program Manager, PO Box 640, Pittsboro, NC 27312
  • Print & deliver your application in person to the RAFI-USA office located at: 274 Pittsboro Elementary School Rd., Pittsboro, NC by Tuesday, January 8, 2018 at 5:00pm. The RAFI-USA office is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm except holidays and during inclement weather. Please call ahead if delivering in person.

Useful Links about Previous ARF Projects

Growing Innovation website – catalogs many previously-funded RAFI-USA projects

Short descriptions of previously-funded RAFI-USA projects

Other Grant Opportunities

RAFI-USA has compiled a list of similar grant opportunities throughout NC. Learn about them here.