NC AgVentures Farm Grant Program Begins Accepting Applications Oct. 15

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Grant Program Overview

NC AgVentures is an NC State Extension grant program that provides grants to North Carolina family farms, and community organizations such farmer associations and farm co-ops to develop new and innovative agricultural projects which will increase farm profits. This is a great opportunity for any producer who is thinking of diversifying, improving, or expanding their operation.

Submission is capped at 250 applications  North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Sponsored Project. Logo with Green outline of North Caroina and Tobacco leaves
Maximum grant amount is $8000
Deadline to apply is Dec. 15th, 2023 at 6 p.m.

Two Grant Options:

  1. Individual Grants for North Carolina family farms who are agriculturally dependent and who have viable ideas for innovative agricultural projects to increase farm profits. (Please only one application per farm.)
  2. Community grants are available for local Non-profit community groups and organizations with project ideas that will directly benefit 3 or more farms. Some examples: Cooperative Extension, farming associations, farmer co-ops, farmers markets…

Who is Eligible?

Family farms, that did not receive an award in the previous year, and non-profit local community organizations working with farmers in the following counties are eligible to apply:

Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnston, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren, and Yadkin.

Who is Not Eligible?

* Grant recipients that received an award in the previous (2022-2023) grant cycle are asked to skip a year before applying for another grant.
*N.C. State Extension Agents and their spouses/partners are not eligible.
*NC State University Employees are not eligible to apply.

If your county is not listed under NC AgVentures please click on the following links to find the organization that serves your county.

  • WNC AGOptions (West NC Communities)
  • UMO AgPrime (University of Mount Olive) contact Contact the AgPrime program coordinators for assistance Stan Dixon at 252-526-1587 or Ed Emory at 910-290-1002.

Your Extension Agent is your partner on the application

  • If you have not worked closely with your Agent, invite them to visit your farm so they can better assist you with your project proposal.
  • If you are not working with an Agent contact your local Extension office and speak with County Extension Director about your project goals.
  • Contact your Agent early to schedule a time to consult on your project proposal, and review your application.

Click here for more information on the NC AgVentures Farm Grant Program.