Office of Partnerships and Public Engagements
Sector: Food and Agriculture
Last date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Country: United States
The Office of Partnerships and Public Engagements (OPPE) has announced the applications for Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Grant Program.
The overall goal of the Program is to encourage and assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, 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.
This notice announces the availability of funds for fiscal year (FY) 2022 and solicits applications from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program.
Scope of Work
The Program provides funding to eligible organizations with at least 3 years of documented experience, preceding the submission of an application, in working with socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers or veteran farmers and ranchers to improve their ability to start and maintain successful forestry and/or agricultural-related operations.
- The total estimated funding expected to be available for awards under this competitive opportunity is approximately $35 million. The maximum amount of requested federal funding shall not exceed $750,000.
- The project period must be three (3) years.
- Any non-profit, community-based organizations, tribal entity, networks, or a coalition of community-based organizations with at least 3 years of documented expertise in working with socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers or veteran farmers or ranchers that:
- demonstrates experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services on USDA programs and services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers;
- provides documentary evidence of work with, and on behalf of, socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers, or beginning farmers and ranchers during the 3-year period preceding the submission of a proposal for assistance under this program (the lead applicant and/or any organization(s) comprising of a coalition or network must meet the 3-year period preceding the submission criteria); and
- does not or has not engaged in activities prohibited.
- An 1890 or 1994 land-grant institution of higher education.
- An American Indian Tribal community college or university or an Alaska Native cooperative college.
- A Hispanic-Serving Institution of higher education.
- Any other institution of higher education that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturalrelated services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers.
- Any Federally-recognized Indian Tribe or a national tribal organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers.
- All other organizations or institutions that received funding under this program before January 1, 1996, but only with respect to projects that the Secretary considers similar to projects previously carried out by the entity under this program.