WASHINGTON, N.C. — The National Young Farmers Coalition (Young Farmers) is launching a new grant program to help young and beginning farmers and ranchers start up and grow their businesses. In 2020, Young Farmers will provide 50 farmers and ranchers $5,000 grants. Grant recipients will also receive a one-year membership to the National Young Farmers Coalition.
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.
Black, Indigenous, other farmers of color and/or farmers who are facing significant structural barriers to existing funding opportunities and success in agriculture are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications are due March 29th at 11:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be announced May 8th. Click here for more information.
—Noah Ranells N.C. State University