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
*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.