Applications Open For Beginning Farmers Stipends


RAFI is accepting applications for the 2024 Beginning Farmers Stipend. Stipends support the success of Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers by helping to reduce financial barriers. Stipends may be used to cover farming start-up and/or production costs. Individual applicants may request between $3,000 – $5,000 in funding. 

The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

Funding priority will be given to proposals with:

  • High expected impact
  • Clear farmer commitment
  • Strong project planning and feasibility
  • Demonstrated individual financial need, or location in an economically disadvantaged area
  • Agroecological/ancestral farming practices

The application period is open until Friday, May 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Funding announcements will be made in June, with funds expected to be available in July.

*Experienced farmers and ranchers who are historically underserved are eligible for our Infrastructure Grants, opening this summer
**Farmers based in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are eligible to apply for the Caribbean Farmers Network Grant, also opening this summer 

For more information, and to apply for the Beginning Farmers Stipend, follow the links below: 

Link to BFS Application English / FAQ | BFS Application Spanish

RAFI BFS Example Application / RAFI BFS Example Reference Letter 

If you have any questions please contact Bianca Anthony, at [email protected], 984.351.0213

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

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2024 Beginning Farmer Stipends are Here! APPLY NOW!