The USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Relations (OPPE) just announced a call for proposals for the “Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers” (otherwise known as “2501”). The 2501 program supports projects that encourage and assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and veteran 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.
This program began in 1990, and the National Young Farmers Coalition helped advocate to secure its ongoing baseline funding in the 2018 Farm Bill. We also advocated for additional appropriations funding in FY20; this additional funding brought 2501 to historic funding levels when combined with the funding that was included in the Farm Bill. However, for the first time, OPPE directed $2 million in funding from 2501 annual appropriations to fund the newly created Community Prosperity Grant Program.
We’ve addressed basic questions about the program below. If you have additional questions, visit the USDA OPPE’s FAQ on the 2501 grant program.
When is the grant due?
Important note: Proposals must be received via Grants.gov by August 26, 2020, despite initially having a due date of September 11, 2020.
Who can apply?
Community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities can apply. It is important to note that you’ll need a grants.gov account, a SAM.gov account, and an active DUNS number. Need help with this process? Check out this guide.
What types of programs will be funded?
Projects funded under the 2501 Program offer outreach and assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and can include, but not limited to conferences, workshops, and demonstrations on various farming techniques. Most projects connect farmers and communities with USDA officials, increase awareness of USDA’s programs and services, and develop new partnerships and relationships. Visit the OPPE website to view a listing of all previously funded projects.
How much funding can our organization receive through the 2501 grant?
Total available funding for the 2501 grant is $450,000 per organization which can be distributed over a 3 year period (no more than $150,000 per year for 3 years). 1 or 2 year projects are eligible as well (no less than $50,000 per year or more than $150,000 per year).
Where do I find more information about the 2501 grant?
If you’d like to speak with a member of our development team about 2501 or other USDA grants, please contact Development Director, Jaklyn Van Manen (firstname.lastname@example.org).