New Round of Farmers of Color Network Grants

RAFI-USA is now accepting applications for the 2023 Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Grant cycle! Applicants may request up to $10,000 in assistance for farm infrastructure projects that increase farm viability and do one or more of the following: support community food sovereignty efforts, preserve traditional and cultural farming practices, or support farmers’ local food economies. 

To be eligible for this grant, farmers must: 

  • Earn a significant amount of their personal income from their farm operation.
  • Identify as a farmer of color.
  • Have at least three years of farming experience* and have worked two years in their current farming operation and location.
  • Be located in the Southeast region of the U.S.: this includes AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA.**
  • Complete and submit an application by the deadline. Farmers may only submit one application (as an individual or a collective).

Funding priority will be given to proposals with:

  • High expected impact, 
  • Strong project feasibility and planning,
  • Demonstrated individual financial need, or location in an economically disadvantaged area, and 
  • From farmers who have not previously received an infrastructure grant from RAFI-USA.

The application are due Monday, Feb 27, 2023. Funding announcements will be made in late March, with funds expected to be available in mid-April.

For more information, and to apply for the grant, follow the links below.

Please contact Mary Bulan, Senior Program Manager for FOCN, with any questions: [email protected], 919.444.5253.

En caso de dudas por favor contacta a Carolina Alzate, coordinadora de extensión: [email protected], 984.282.6292

Stay Tuned!

*Beginning Farmers with less than three years of experience will be eligible for our new Beginning Farmer Stipend opportunity, opening in Mid-Feb. 

**Farmers based in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico will be eligible to apply for the Caribbean Farmers Network Stipend, opening in Mid-Feb.

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