NC AgVentures Grant Program
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The NC AgVentures grant program is sponsored by NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
We will begin accepting applications Oct. 15th, 2021
The deadline to apply is Dec. 15th, 2021
Submission is capped at 250 applications
Scroll down to register for an online grant application workshop
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:
- Individual Grants for North Carolina family farms who are agriculturally dependent and who have viable ideas for innovative agricultural projects to increase farm profits.
- 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.
The project should increase farm income or replace lost income from the decline in the tobacco economy.
The proposal must be adequately researched
The budget must be realistic
The applicant must have the skills to complete the project or have identified technical assistance to help them implement a successful project
The project must become self-supporting and/or enhance your ability to keep farming
The proposal must be reviewed and submitted by a N.C. Cooperative Extension agent.
All applications must be submitted through the online application submission portal.
Register for an Information Workshop
We are offering four workshops. 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.
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.