USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced the availability of $2 million to establish partnerships with organizations to provide outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The funding was made possible by USDA’s new Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Outreach and technical assistance cooperative agreements support projects that increase access and participation of socially disadvantaged applicants in FSA programs and services and projects that improve technical assistance for socially disadvantaged applicants related to county committees focused on urban agriculture as well as FSA programs, including loan, disaster assistance, conservation and safety-net programs. FSA will prioritize review of proposals that support outreach on CFAP 2. This funding opportunity is available to nonprofits, Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, Native American tribal organizations, and public and state-controlled institutions of higher education. Awards will range from $20,000 to $99,999 for a duration between six months and one year.
Applications are due by May 5, 2021.