USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is inviting applications for Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (also known as the 2501 program). The overall goal of the 2501 Program is to encourage and assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, veteran farmers and ranchers, and beginning farmers and ranchers with owning and operating farms and ranches and in participating equitably in the full range of agricultural, forestry, and related programs offered by USDA. In partnership with the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement, eligible entities may compete for funding on projects that provide education and training in agriculture, agribusiness, forestry, agriculturally related services, and USDA programs and to conduct outreach initiatives designed to accomplish those goals. Eligible applicants include nonprofits, institutions of higher education, and Tribal governments. Funding ranges from $50,000 to $450,000.
Applications are due by August 26, 2020.