Who Is Eligible? Farmers and collaborative groups located in NC. Collaborative groups must include at least 3 eligible NC farmers, but may be led by other individuals, businesses, or organizations.
What Activities are Eligible? The Agricultural Reinvestment Fund assists innovative and entrepreneurial farmers and collaborative farmer groups in developing new sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants.
Past projects have included hundreds of innovative initiatives: model pack-houses, mobile farmers markets, heritage poultry breeding, farm-to-school projects, specialty produce, micro-dairy bottling, cheese-making, low tunnel season extension, tropical plant production, wind-powered farms, model collaborative marketing ventures, and much more.
How Much? The program awards grants of up to $8,000 to individual farmers and up to $10,000 for collaborative farmer projects located in North Carolina.
Grant applications due by December 31, 2015. Grants for 2016 will be awarded in January.
Contact: Project Director, Jean Willoughby, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Use “Ag Reinvestment Fund 2016” in the subject line of your email to ensure the quickest response time.