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Agricultural Reinvestment Fund

Grants to North Carolina Farmers and Groups
to Expand Products, Services, and Markets

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

01/05/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $8,000 to North Carolina individual farmers and grants of up to $10,000 to collaborative groups to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in agriculture. Applicants must submit a brief inquiry prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to help farmers develop new sources of income by providing cost-share grants.

The economic impact of the program has two components, an investment impact resulting from grantees’ spending on new equipment, buildings, and other improvements; and an operational impact resulting from the expansion of grantees’ farming operations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164669

Number of Grants:

This program awards at least 20 grants per year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

This program offers grants of up to $8,000 for individual farmers and up to $10,000 for collaborative groups.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to individual farmers and collaborative groups, which must include at least 3 eligible farmers, but may be led by other individuals, businesses, or organizations.

Grants are currently only available in selected Counties in North Carolina.

2018 Eligible Counties: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Vance, Wake, and Warren.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you want to know more about the grant program and get hands-on help in writing an excellent grant proposal, RSVP to attend the following information sessions:

-Vance County Regional Farmers Market Tuesday, November 22nd, at 4:00 PM West Parkway Drive, Henderson, NC

-North Carolina Cooperative Extension Northampton County Center Monday, November 28th at 5:00 PM PM 9371 NC-305, Jackson, NC 27845

-Davidson County Cooperative Extension Service Center Thursday, December 8th and 10:00 AM 301 East Center Street, Lexington, NC 27292

Applicants are encouraged to attend to learn about the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund grant program for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. Farmers from all eligible counties should come to learn more about the requirements of the program and how to effectively submit a good application. Farmers, ag entrepreneurs, and other agricultural businesses and community-based groups are encouraged to attend. Bring your laptop if you need help navigating the website or downloading an application.

More information about the sessions may be found here:

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
-Early bird deadline: December 15, 2017
-Final application deadline: January 5, 2018
-Award notification no later than: February 28, 2018

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to receive feedback before the final deadline.

If you are considering applying for a grant, please fill out the short form online form.

Contact Information:

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

To RSVP for a meeting, contact:

Ben Paynter

For more information, contact:

Daryn Lane

Mailing Address:
PO Box 640
Pittsboro, NC 27312

Physical Address:
274 Pittsboro Elem School Rd
Pittsboro, NC 27312

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina: Alamance, Bertie, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rowan, Vance, Wake, and Warren Counties