USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is accepting proposals from nonprofits, Tribes, and institutions of higher education to assist persistent poverty farmers, ranchers, agriculture producers and communities through agriculture resources. Funding will be made available for the purpose of leveraging USDA, state, local, and private-sector resources, to address local agricultural and natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and to develop state and local leadership and partnerships to assist limited resource and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers, and communities through agriculture industries. The eligible entities will provide technical assistance to identified persistent poverty communities, with emphasis on socially disadvantaged and/or veteran farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers to assist them in establishing a local working leaders group, identifying issues, challenges, and assets, preparing a plan of action, and identifying resources and means to address and accomplish results through available programmatic services and opportunities. A total of $4 million is available; the project maximum is $450,000.
Proposals are due by August 24, 2020.