Grant Opportunities

2019 Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grants from RAFI-USA are available in the following NC counties:

Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Vance, Wake, and Warren. 

Early bird deadline: Typically late November

Final application deadline: early January

Award notification no later than: March 1

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.
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Other Grant Opportunities

RAFI-USA receives funding for the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund through the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission and the Commission selects the eligible counties for this program. Funding is available in other NC counties through similar grant programs administered by other organizations, listed below. Please note: If your county is not funded through the NCTTFC this year and you are interested in applying to RAFI-USA’s Agricultural Reinvestment Fund in the future, please complete our grant inquiry form if you have not already done so.  This helps us track interest so we can provide feedback to the NCTTFC.

NC AgVentures Cost Share Grants are available in the following counties:

Duplin, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, Pitt, Rockingham, Sampson, Stokes, Surry, Wayne, Wilson and Yadkin.

The North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. implements the NC AgVentures program on behalf of NC State Cooperative Extension. The program will award cost-share grants to family farms for projects to diversify, expand or enhance their agricultural operations. The overall goal is to increase farm profits. The grant will benefit family farms in counties that were negatively impacted by the downturn in the tobacco economy.
Application deadline:  Typically mid-January
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WNC AgOptions Cost Share Grants are available in the following counties/units:

Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey counties as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Western North Carolina farmers now have the opportunity to apply for farm diversification grants over the next three years. The NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission recently funded WNC Agricultural Options, providing $648,000 to the program to distribute as cost-share grants to WNC farmers through 2021. With $216,000 available in 2019, farmers have until Nov. 19 to submit their applications.
Intent to apply deadline: Typically mid-October
Application deadline: Typically mid-November
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UMO AgPrime Grants are available in the following counties:

Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Craven, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke, Jones, Lee, Moore, Pender, Onslow, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland.

A program providing cost share grants to North Carolina farmers and agribusiness owners for new and innovative ideas that increase farm profits is being conducted by the University of Mount Olive (UMO) Lois G. Britt Agribusiness Center. AgPrime, which is funded by the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC), is designed to strengthen farms and communities that have been impacted by changes in the tobacco economy. Funding proposals up to $9,000 will be considered for farmers/agribusinesses that are agriculturally dependent and have viable ideas for new and innovative agricultural projects. Priority will be given to persons who earn at least 50% of their personal income from their farm operation or agribusiness entity, and to current and former tobacco farmers or former quota holders.

Applications open: Typically early February
Application deadline: Typically early March
Grant Awardees Notified: Typically late-March
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