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Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund Grants

Our grant application for 2022 is now closed. To learn more about future grant opportunities, please sign-up for our e-newsletter and indicate your interest in the Farmers of Color Network. We will announce new grant applications annually, usually at the beginning of the year, through our newsletter, on our website, and on social media.

If you have any questions about the FOCN grant, please contact Sabine Frid-Bernards, Grants Coordinator, at [email protected]

About the Grants

RAFI-USA’s Farmers of Color Network Fund provides support to farmers for new and innovative agricultural projects and ideas that will increase farm viability, support community food sovereignty efforts, preserve traditional and cultural farming practices, as well as assist local food economies.

Our grants are open to farmers who: 

  • Identify as a farmer of color
  • Are located in the Southeast region of the U.S. or territories including DC, MD, VA, AR, KY, TN, VA, NC, SC, GA, AL, LA, MS, FL, USVI, PR
  • Have been farming at their current location for at least two years

Between 2020 and 2022, we have awarded $603,300 to 90 grantees in 9 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Our grants have supported infrastructure projects including processing and refrigeration, fencing, irrigation, poultry and livestock operations, greenhouses and barns, and more. To learn more about all of our grantees and their projects, click the years below.

Grantees by year: 

2020
27 grantees
1 state (North Carolina)
$126,500

2021
51 grantees
9 states and U.S. Virgin Islands
$376,200 

2022
12 grantees 
4 states and U.S. Virgin Islands
$100,600


Meet the Grantees

This project is generously supported in part by a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as WhyHunger/Vitafusion, Weaver Street Market, Rosenbaum Family Foundation, and Liberating Investment in Food & Farm Ecosystem.  Additional support of FOCN is provided by The Schmidt Family Foundation/11th Hour Project and the Seeds, Soul and Culture Fund/New Field Foundation.

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