Individual Farm Businesses Grant
Who Is Eligible? Applicants are residents of North Carolina who demonstrate the economic
viability of farms in Western North Carolina. Support is provided to individual farmers/farms
that are diversifying or expanding their operations to increase farm income and encourage the sustainability of the farm businesses. WNC AgOptions awards grants to a variety of farm
operations, including: fruits & vegetables, livestock, nurseries, agri-tourism, beekeeping and
value-added processing. While agriculture is a varied and diverse industry that can be defined in many ways, WNC AgOptions favors applicants who operate a business and manage land for the purpose of producing crops for harvest and sale. Any funding requests should be for items directly related to the growing and harvesting of crops for sale, including livestock. WNC AgOptions also favors agri-tourism operations that are for the purpose of inviting the public on farm to increase sales of farm products.
Current employees and their spouses of N.C. Cooperative Extension, NCSU, NCA&T,
NCDA&CS, WNC Communities; members of the WNC AgOptions Steering Committee and
their spouses; board members of WNC Communities and their spouses are not eligible to receive WNC AgOptions grants.
What Activities Are Eligible? Suitable expenses are those associated with the production and marketing of diversified farm enterprises and agri-tourism endeavors. Examples include, but are not limited to: seeds, fertilizer, plants, amendments, livestock, trainings, advertisements, packaging, fences, signage, facilities, supplies, tools and specialized equipment. Items that cannot be funded by the award include: farmer labor, pre-existing farm debt, and expenses that are dated outside of the grant period from January 6, 2020 through December 4, 2020.
Funds must be used as stated in the applicant’s proposal. Use of funds inconsistent with the proposal will result in forfeiture of award and repayment of funds.
Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension Agents by Oct. 14 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications are available at www.wncagoptions.org or at local Cooperative Extension Centers.
How much? $3,000 and $6,000.
Deadline: November 15