Now Accepting Proposals for NC AgVentures Grants
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Note: this news article was adapted from articles written by Jackie Miller, NC AgVentures Program Coordinator.
NC AgVentures is an Extension program that provides grants to North Carolina independent family farms for new and innovative agricultural project ideas which will increase farm profits. This is a great opportunity for any producer who is thinking of diversifying, improving, or expanding their operation.
AgVentures will begin accepting online applications on October 15, 2020. Deadline to apply is 7 p.m. on December 18, 2020.
Two Grant Options
- Farmer Grants are for North Carolina farmers who are agriculturally dependent and who have viable ideas for innovative agricultural projects to increase farm profits.
- Community Grants are available for community organizations such as Extension agents, farming associations, local schools, churches, and civic groups. For example, a Livestock Association could purchase portable corral equipment for members to share/rent. The local farmers’ market could get a grant to expand or update the facility.
A community grant should directly benefit three or more family farms based in one of the 46 eligible counties.
Applications will be accepted from producers in the following counties:
Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin, Mecklenburg, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren, and Yadkin. If your county is not listed, see the NC AgVentures website.
NC AgVentures will award grants up to $8,000.
When to Apply
The grant program will begin accepting applications on October 15, 2020. Sample Application
Tips for Writing a Successful Application
Let your local Cooperative Extension agent know that you plan to submit an application and set up a time to meet by phone or in person. If you are not working with an agent contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office and speak with County Extension Director about your project goals.
Online Workshops for Interested Grant Applicants
Farmers interested in applying for an AgVentures grant are invited to attend an online workshop for information about the application process. There are four workshop dates to choose from (same workshop repeated four times). Folks may participate on their computer, tablet, or phone. Pre-registration is required.
To register please click on the date you plan to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
- October 21, 2020, at 6 p.m. (register by October 19)
- November 2, 2020, at 6 p.m. (register by October 31)
- November 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. (register by November 17)
- December 1, 2020, at 6 p.m. (register by November 29)
Contact Jackie Miller, AgVentures Program Coordinator, for questions about the Application. If you having trouble logging into the application, please reach out to Submittable’s Customer Support team with any technical questions at email@example.com.
NC AgVentures is supported exclusively by a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. To learn more about the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission please visit the Tobacco Trust Fund website.
Past Grant Awards
NC State Extension
The NC AgVentures program is being administered by N.C. Cooperative Extension at North Carolina State University. Technical assistance for the NC AgVentures grant program is provided by N.C. Cooperative Extension agents.