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Funding Available from RAFI-USA

This is a list of current funding RAFI-USA has available for farmers and rural communities. We update this page as new funding opportunities come available.

Current Funding Opportunities

Farm Aid COVID-19 Farmer Resilience Initiative Awards

Purpose: $500 mini-grants are available to lessen the immediate financial needs of farmers and their households. This means funds could cover expenses like food, medical bills, utility bills, etc. The funds are NOT meant to cover farm production expenses.

At this time the mini-grants are only available to farmers in Virginia (select counties), South Carolina, Florida, and the US Virgin Islands.

Read our blog post here for more information and to submit an application

Due Date: Applications will be accepted until June 15th, 2020 at 6pm.

Contact: Jarred White, [email protected]

Past Funding Opportunities

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Mini-Grants

Purpose: $500 mini-grants are available to lessen the immediate financial needs of farmers and their households. This means funds could cover expenses like food, medical bills, utility bills, etc. The funds are NOT meant to cover farm production expenses.

At this time the mini-grants are only available to farmers in North Carolina. We hope to increase this geographic scope if funding allows.

Application Link

If you are not a NC farmer but would like to receive an update if our geographic scope increase, fill out our inquiry form here.

Due Date: First round closes April 26th at 6pm. A second round of applications may open depending on funding.
Contact: Craig Watts, [email protected]

Food Relief Programming Funding for Faith Communities and Community Organizations

Purpose: Technical assistance funds to faith communities and community organizations throughout North Carolina that are engaging in emergency hunger relief efforts during the coronavirus crisis. Mini-grants are available up to $1,000 and on a first-come first-served basis to qualifying projects.

Application Link

Due Date: FUNDING CURRENTLY EXPIRED – stay tuned for future funding opportunities
Contact: Michelle Osborne, [email protected]sa.org

Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund

Purpose: Provides support to farmers for new and innovative agricultural projects & ideas that will increase farm viability, support community food sovereignty efforts, preserve traditional & cultural farming practices, as well as assist local food economies. Individual farmers may apply for a maximum of $5,000 and collaborative groups can apply for a maximum of $7,000.

Application Link

Due Date: Friday, May 1st at 5pm
Contact: Laketa Smith, [email protected]

RAFI-USA staff are currently working remotely. As we plan for how COVID-19 will change both how we do our work, and what work needs to be done, please know that we are still here. Our Farmer Hotline (866-586-6746) will operate from Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm. Stay tuned for more updates and information.
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