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The NC AgVentures Farm grant program is sponsored by NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission

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The grant submission period is closed. We are no longer accepting applications.

Check back Nov. 1st, 2022

The deadline to apply has past
Submission is capped at 250 applications
Maximum grant amount is $8000

Grant Program Overview

NC AgVentures 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.

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.
  2. Community grants are available for 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 and 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.

What to do if your county is not eligible for an NC AgVentures grant:

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

*(N.C. State Cooperative Extension Agents and their spouses/partners are not eligible.)
*NC State Employees are not eligible to apply

Priority will be given to:

Applicants that are current/former tobacco growers, former quota holders, tobacco workers or close family descendants.

Farms that have not received previous funding from NC Tobacco Trust Commission, RAFI or NC AgVentures

Applicants that earn at least 50% of their gross personal income from their farm operation.

Proposals that present a new direction or innovative opportunity to diversify, expand or implement new entrepreneurial plans for their farm operations that are viable and will increase farm profits.

Criteria (these are the standards by which the grant proposals are judged or assessed.)

  • Does the project show a good potential for success?
  • Will your project increase income relative to project cost?
  • Will the project increase or maintain employment opportunities?
  • Has the proposal been adequately researched and is well detailed?
  • Is the budget realistic?
  • Does the applicant have the skills to complete the project?
  • Does the project present a new direction or opportunity?
  • Will the project become self-supporting?
  • Does the proposal have a demonstration plan?

*The proposal must be reviewed by a N.C. Cooperative Extension agent.
*All applications must be submitted through the online application submission portal.

Register for an Information Workshop

We offer four workshops for applicants during the submission period. Choose a date that fits your schedule, the presentation will be the same at all 4 workshops.You can participate through your laptop, phone or tablet.

Watch a recording of a past Application Workshop

Application Workshop Presentation Slides

Sample Application

Read about Past Grant Awards

The NC AgVentures program is administered by the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University. Technical assistance for the NC AgVentures grant program is provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension agents.

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