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Grants to USA, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands Farmers and
Ranchers to Build and Expand New and Existing Businesses

Young Farmer Grant Program

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Deadline Date:

01/28/22 3:00 PM ET


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Grants of $5,000 to USA, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands farmers and ranchers to build and expand new and existing businesses. Eligible applicants are between the ages of 18-40 years old. Applicants from BIPOC backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as well as female-identifying, non-binary, and trans applicants. The goal of the program is to provide a flexible financial boost to young farmers building long-term careers in agriculture.

This fund can be used for anything that will further your goals as a farmer, even if that means just getting started. The goal of this fund is to provide financial assistance for any cost that currently limits your ability to start, run, or grow your operation in the way you’d like.

Grant funding may support completing a project, purchasing a new piece of equipment, covering operating costs such as seeds and compost, building new infrastructure, attending a farmer training program or conference, hiring additional farm labor, or covering personal finances that stand in the way of farm success, including but not limited to childcare, housing, or student loan payments. Funds, once awarded, may be used to match other grant opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200681

Number of Grants:

50. Forty-five awards will go to businesses already in operation, and five to projects starting in 2022.

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Term of Contract:

Grant recipients are required to spend the entirety of their $5,000 grant before their report is due in October 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The grant program is available to support farmers and ranchers in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, in addition to the 50 states and Washington D.C.

Qualifications for Applicants:
- This program seeks to support “livelihood farmers and rancher” or those seeking long term careers that financially support them through agriculture. At this time we are not able to offer funding to farmers who are not currently, or are not working, toward making an income farming through long-term careers in agriculture.
(i) Applicant must be the operation owner or plan to start their own operation in 2022.
(ii) For non-profit farms without “owners” applicant must be the lead farmer/farm manager.
(iii) Farmer part-owners of cooperative or collective farms are qualified to apply. Please choose just one owner to represent the operation in the application.
- Young farmers and ranchers who are at least 18 and not over 40 years of age as of May 1, 2022.
- Applicant must use farm practices that protect natural resources for future generations.
- Applicant must be farming or ranching in one of the 50 U.S. states, D.C., in Puerto Rico, or in the Virgin Islands.
- There are no preferences for what applicants produce on their operations or for current scale of farm.
- The program strongly encourages farmers of color, Indigenous farmers, and farmers who are facing significant structural barriers to accessing other funding opportunities and success in agriculture to apply.
- Staff and Board members of the National Young Farmers Coalition are not eligible to apply.
- Recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Young Farmer Grants are not eligible to apply.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Young Farmer Grant Program 2022 - Q&A Sessions:
- Jan. 11, Tue, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
- Jan. 13, Thu, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
- Jan 17, Mon, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
- Jan 20,Thu, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications will close on January 28, 2022 at 3pm ET. Late applications will not be accepted for any reason, so please plan to submit your application well before the deadline.

2022 award decisions will be announced by email in early May 2022.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have any questions please reach out to

National Young Farmers Coalition
P.O. Box 1074
Hudson, NY 12534

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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