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Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund 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.

Fifty grants of between $8,000 and $10,000 were awarded to farmers of color across the Southeast U.S. in 2021.

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RAFI-USA awarded 50 recipients of its Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure Fund grants out more than 200 applications. The grant program, now in its second year, provides grants of up to $10,000 for farm infrastructure, processing and refrigeration, or collaborative projects with multiple farmers. In 2021, the fund will award $369,200 to 50 grantees across 10 states including North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The program expanded significantly this year, awarding nearly double the number of grants and widening the geographic scope of grantees to include more states in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic region. 

The Farmers of Color Network Infrastructure 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. Of the 50 grantees in 2021, 72% are Black, 14% Indigenous, 6% Latinx, 2% Asian, and 2% multi-racial. 25 grants were awarded to women-led farms. 

Other farm projects supported by the 2020 Farmers of Color Network and the Infrastructure Fund include projects to expand poultry and livestock operations, construct walk-in coolers for storage and processing, build solar-powered fencing for livestock grazing fields, and create mobile produce markets.

Meet the Grantees

This project is supported in part by a three-year grant for the Farmers of Color Network from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as The Fund to Build Grassroots Power at Windward Fund, the 11th Hour Project, and the Seeds, Soul and Culture Fund/New Field Foundation.