The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) is now accepting applications for our Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant program. This program provides cost-share grants to farmers and farmer groups to fund innovative projects on the farm. Individual farmers can apply for a maximum of $8,000 and collaborative farmer groups can apply for up to $10,000. Please see our website www.rafiusa.org/grants to learn more about the program and to download an application! We will be serving the following counties in the upcoming grant cycle: Randolph, Chatham, Alamance, Davidson, Davie, Caswell, Person, Orange, Durham, Granville, Vance, Warren, Franklin, Halifax, Northampton, Hertford, Bertie, and Chowan. The early bird deadline is November 30th. The final deadline is January 5th. We plan to award the grants no later than February 28th, 2017. If you want to know more about the grant program and get hands-on help in writing an excellent grant proposal, RSVP to join us at the following information sessions: Vance County Regional Farmers Market Tuesday, November 22nd, at 4 PM West Parkway Drive, Henderson, NC North Carolina Cooperative Extension Northampton County Center Monday, November 28th @ 5 PM 9371 NC-305, Jackson, NC 27845 Davidson County Cooperative Extension Service Center Thursday, December 8th @ 10 AM 301 East Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292 Applicants are encouraged to attend to learn about the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant program for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. Farmers from all eligible counties should come to learn more about the requirements of the program and how to effectively submit a good application. Farmers, ag entrepreneurs, and other agricultural businesses and community-based groups are encouraged to attend. Bring your laptop if you need help navigating the website or downloading an application. Contact Ben Paynter — [email protected] or 919-259-5169 — for more information and to RSVP for one of the meetings.