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AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

Grants to USA Land Grant IHEs to Help
Farmers and Farm Workers with Disabilities

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

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05/09/19 5:00 PM ET Receipt


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Grants to USA and territories cooperative extensions at qualifying land grant colleges and universities for programs to assist farm workers, farmers, and farm family members with disabilities. Funding is intended to help beneficiaries succeed in the agricultural industry. Program elements include education, marketing, networking, and direct assistance.

The AgrAbility program supports the United States rural communities by encompassing the USDA/NIFA’s agricultural, social and human sciences. The program addresses:
- USDA’s Strategic Goals for FY 2018-2022, Goals 2 (Maximize the Ability of American Agricultural Producers to Prosper by Feeding and Clothing the World) and Goal 4 (Facilitate Rural Prosperity and Economic Development);
- 2016 USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Action Plan , Goal 7 (Rural Prosperity/Rural-Urban Interdependence);
- NIFA Strategic Plan, specifically Strategic Goal 1, Science, Sub-goal 1.1, Advance our Nation’s ability to achieve global food security and fight hunger, and Sub-goal 1.7, Ensure the development of human capital, communities, and a diverse workforce through research, education, extension and engagement programs in food and agricultural sciences to support a sustainable agriculture system.
- NIFA’s Agricultural Systems Portfolio priorities in the area of agricultural safety in farming and ranching, and Family & Consumer Sciences Portfolio priorities in the areas of family well-being and community vitality.

AgrAbility increases the likelihood that individuals with disabilities, including veterans, and their families engaged in production agriculture (AgrAbility customers) will become more successful. The program supports cooperative projects in which State Cooperative Extension based at either 1862 or 1890 Land-Grant universities subcontract to private, nonprofit direct service disability organizations.

Projects are encouraged to explore possible coordination with existing assistive technology institutions and programs in their state/region in order to tap into, expand, and/or enhance prospective clients’ access to already available state-wide assistive technology resources.

For more information regarding eligible program elements within the categories of education, networking, direct assistance and marketing activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154693

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to three

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $180,000 per year
Award Floor: $150,000 per year

Term of Contract:

Total project periods must not exceed four (4) years, beginning no later than September 30 of the federal fiscal year in which the project is approved for support and funds are appropriated for such purpose.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Applicants must partner on their projects with private nonprofit organizations providing direct service to individuals with disabilities. Applications must include commitment letters from nonprofit partner organizations.

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.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on May 9, 2019.

Required registration can take as long as two weeks to complete so it is critical to begin as soon as possible.

The anticipated amount available for AgrAbility grants in FY 2019 is approximately $4.1 million. NIFA anticipates that approximately $542,470 will be available to support new SRAPs. This RFA solicits applications for new SRAPs. The remainder of funds will be used to support a previously awarded NAP and 17 SRAP awards eligible for continuation funding. Applications for the continuing NAP and SRAPs will be solicited via a separate request.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact:

Programmatic Contact:

Aida Balsano, Ph.D., National Program Leader
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture Waterfront Centre
800 9th St SW
Room 4432
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 720-4436

Steven Thomson, Ph.D., National Program Leader
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture Waterfront Centre
800 9th St SW
Room 3440
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 401-6301

Administrative/Business Contact:

Bruce Mertz, Team Leader, Team I
Office of Grants and Financial Management
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture Waterfront Centre
800 9th St SW
Room 2174
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 401-5062

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