$22 Million Available for Underserved and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

The United States Department of Agriculture Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) is accepting applications for the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (2501 Program) with a maximum funding level of $750,000 over three years. Applications are due July 5.

What is the 2501 Program? The overall goal of the 2501 Program is to encourage and assist underserved farmers and ranchers, military veteran farmers and ranchers, and beginning farmers and ranchers with owning and operating farms and ranches and in participating equitably in the full range of agricultural, forestry, and related programs offered by USDA. It also includes projects that develop underserved youths' interest in agriculture.

In partnership with the OPPE, eligible entities may compete for funding on projects that provide education and training in agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, agricultural-related services, and USDA programs, and to conduct outreach initiatives designed to accomplish those goals. This partnership includes working closely with OPPE, attend OPPE-led events in your proposed service territory, and collaborate with USDA Service Centers located in your state.

Who is eligible to apply?

Proposals may be submitted by any of the following:

  1. Any community-based organization, network, or coalition of community-based organizations that:
  • Has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services to underserved or military veteran farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners;
  • Has provided to the Secretary documentary evidence of work with, and on behalf of underserved or military veteran farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners during the three-year period preceding the submission of a proposal for assistance under this program and;
  • Does not engage in activities prohibited under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
  1. An 1890 institution or 1994 institution.
  2. An American Indian Tribal community college or an Alaska Native cooperative college.
  3. A Hispanic-Serving Institution of higher education (as defined in 7 U.S.C. §3103).
  4. Any other institution of higher education that has demonstrated experience in providing agriculture education or other agriculturally related services to underserved or military veteran farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in a region.
  5. Eligible tribal entities or a national tribal organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agriculture education or other agriculturally related service to underserved or military veteran farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in a region.
  6. Other organizations or institutions that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996.

What projects are eligible?

Projects must address at least two of the five following programmatic mission areas as they develop their goals:

  • Assist underserved, military veteran farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;
  • Improve participation among underserved or military veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;
  • Build relationships between current and prospective farmers and ranchers who are underserved or military veterans and USDA’s local, state, regional, and National offices;
  • Assist in reaching current and prospective underserved farmers, ranchers, or forest landowners in a linguistically appropriate manner; and
  • Assist with identifying problems and barriers underserved farmers experience and working towards minimizing or alleviating those issues to enable their equitable participation in USDA programs.

What is the maximum funding amount for the 2501 Program?

Projects shall not request more than $750,000 over the 3-year project period with a maximum award per year of $250,000.

Is there a cost-sharing or match requirement? There are no cost-sharing nor matching requirements associated with this program.

What is the deadline to apply for the 2501 grant?

Applications must be submitted on July 5, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity can be found here.

For more information on this program or how to apply with Morrison’s assistance, please contact the Morrison Grants Team by email at grants@morrisonco.net or call us at 530-893-4764.

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