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NC Cooperative Extension

The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service houses a multidisciplinary group of professionals at the N.C. Research Campus as part of the Plants for Human Health Institute. Providing expertise in farm business management, communications and marketing, and fresh produce safety, these Cooperative Extension staff serve as an outreach component to complement the research conducted at PHHI.

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Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP)
Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs. These grants are intended to help eligible private nonprofit entities that need a one-time infusion of federal assistance to establish and carry out multipurpose community food projects. Projects are funded from $10,000 to $300,000 and from 1 to 3 years. They are one-time grants that require a dollar-for-dollar match in resources.

Federal Grant Opportunities is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards. All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found here.

Golden LEAF
Golden LEAF’s mission is to promote the social welfare of North Carolina’s citizens and to receive and distribute funds for economic impact assistance to economically affected or tobacco-dependent regions of North Carolina. Golden LEAF’s grants focus on three priorities: Agriculture, job creation and retention, and workforce preparedness.

N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is working to secure a better future for those citizens adversely affected by the decline of tobacco-related income and employment. Since 2001, the Commission has awarded nearly $39 million in grants to a variety of farm organizations, local and state government agencies, commodity groups, non-profits and others. 

Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA)
The Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund makes two types of demonstration awards: Producer Grant Awards of up to $10,000 for individuals and Community Grant Awards of up to $30,000 for collaborative farmer projects. High priority is given to projects that are innovative and demonstrate a new direction or opportunity for farmers in North Carolina.

USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG)
The primary objective of the USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is to help producers develop business plans and strategies to create marketing opportunities regarding production of value-added (bio-based) products from agricultural commodities. Grants may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy.

USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
The REAP Guaranteed Loan Program encourages the commercial financing of renewable energy (bioenergy, geothermal, hydrogen, solar, wind and hydro power) and energy efficiency projects. Under the program, project developers will work with local lenders, who in turn can apply to USDA Rural Development for a loan guarantee up to 85 percent of the loan amount. Visit the site for information on loan specifications, eligibility and how to apply.

WNC AgOptions
The N.C. Cooperative Extension Centers of the West District operate the WNC AgOptions program. The objective of WNC AgOptions is to offer ‘mini grants’ of $3,000, $6,000 and $9,000 as incentives to diversify farm operations that could generate new economic growth in Western North Carolina.

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