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AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

Grants to USA Land Grant IHEs to Assist
Farmers and Farmworkers with Disabilities

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

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01/13/21 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories cooperative extensions at qualifying colleges and universities for programs to improve agricultural production by farmworkers, farmers, and farm family members with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that deliver education, networking, direct assistance, and marketing activities. Applications are not accepted from New York City institutions.

The AgrAbility program supports United States rural communities by:

  1. Supporting cooperative programs between State Cooperative Extension Service agencies and private nonprofit disability organizations to provide on-the-farm agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities who are engaged in farming and farm-related occupations and their families and
  2. Enabling a national private nonprofit disability organization to provide technical assistance, training, information dissemination, and other activities to support community-based direct service programs of on-site rural rehabilitation and assistive technology for individuals (including veterans) with disabilities, and their families, who are engaged in farming or farm-related occupations or, in the case of veterans with disabilities, who are pursuing new farming opportunities.

The AgrAbility Program focuses on identifying technologies that support farmers with disabilities to continue in agriculture production also aligns with the USDA Agricultural Innovation Agenda. The AgrAbility Program is aligned with the following FY 2018 – FY 2022 USDA Strategic Goals:

  1. Strategic Goal 1: Ensure USDA Programs Are Delivered Efficiently, Effectively, With Integrity and a Focus on Customer Service;
  2. Strategic Goal 2: Maximize the Ability of American Agricultural Producers to Prosper by Feeding and Clothing the World; and
  3. Strategic Goal 4: Facilitate Rural Prosperity and Economic Development.

NIFA is soliciting applications under the following AgrAbility program areas:

  1. National AgrAbility Project (NAP)
  2. State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs)

To address the specialized needs of AgrAbility customers, the program builds service capacity on national, regional, state, and local levels through education and networking. The program provides direct assistance to individuals with disabilities who engage in farming and farm-related occupations. The form of assistance for the AgrAbility customer is dependent on the immediate needs that are inadequately addressed by health, farm, and government service providers.

The AgrAbility program funds projects that deliver education, networking, direct assistance, and marketing activities. For more information, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 154693

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

4 (1 NAP award and 3 SAP awards)

Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2021 is approximately $4.1 million. NIFA anticipates that approximately $540,000 will be available for support of new State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs) and approximately $531,000 will be available for support of a new National AgrAbility Project (NAP).

SRAP applicants may propose projects with budgets not to exceed $180,000 per year for a maximum project duration of four years.

Term of Contract:

Maximum project duration of four years.

SRAP - The project period should begin approximately July 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications may be submitted only by Cooperative Extension at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities including University of the District of Columbia, and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, including the Central State University, Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University.

Applicants must partner on their projects with private nonprofit organizations providing direct service to individuals with disabilities.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply (such as 1994 Land-Grant Colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, eXtension) provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Also, the 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions may partner with each other and/or other Land-Grant Institutions (e.g., 1994 Land-Grants) and Non-Land-Grant Institutions within their state or their region on joint proposals. Applications proposing such partnerships must include commitment letters from all partnering organizations.

Successful applicants must not use grant funds awarded under the authority of this RFA to renovate or refurbish research, education, or extension space; purchase or install fixed equipment in such space; or to plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construct buildings or facilities. Funds made available to eligible institutions shall not be used for payment of negotiated overhead or indirect cost rates.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 13, 2021.

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Brad Rein, National Science Liaison or 202-445-5442

Lelan Dixon or 202-374-9776

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Telephone support: 800-518-4726 TollFree or 606-545-5035
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