The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced funding available to organizations that help underserved and veteran farmers, ranchers, and foresters own and operate successful farms. Funding is made through USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the 2501 Program. This program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).
For more than 30 years, and in partnership with organizations nationwide, the 2501 Program has helped reach underserved farmers and ranchers who have experienced barriers to service due to racial or ethnic prejudice. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the program to include assistance to veteran farmers and ranchers. With 2501 Program funding, organizations conduct education, training, farming demonstrations, and conferences on farming and agribusiness to increase access to USDA’s programs and services.
- Nonprofit organizations
- Community-based organizations
- Federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations
- Higher education institutions serving veteran farmers and African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic, Asian, and Pacific Islander communities
FUNDING AVAILABLE AND APPLICATION WINDOW:
FUNDING AVAILABILITY: $45 million
MAXIMUM AWARD AMOUNT: $750,000
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 25, 2023