USDA announces community prosperity funding opportunity

Aug 10, 2020


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced approximately $4 million in available funding to develop partnerships to leverage USDA and local, state, and private sector resources to address challenges for limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers, and communities. The program is administered by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).
 
The Centers of Community Prosperity initiative was launched by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in 2019 to increase the capacity of rural and underserved communities through extensive collaboration, tailored technical assistance, and a community’s designation as a Community of Faith and Opportunity.
 
“This initiative is designed to assist persistent poverty communities with limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers to strategically address community challenges,” says Mike Beatty, Director of the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement. “We hope to assist in fostering hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building for communities across the country.”
 
Community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities may compete for Community Prosperity funding on projects that provide outreach, education and training in agriculture, conservation, agribusiness, and forestry, with a focus on economic and workforce development, innovation and technology, and quality of life through food and agriculture.
 
The deadline for applications is August 24, 2020. See the request at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/10/2020-14325/funding-opportunity-announcement-solicitation-for-applications-to-assist-persistent-poverty-farmers?utm_source=federalregister.gov&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list for full details.
 
 

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