Welcome to NC AgVentures Grant Application Portal 

NC AgVentures is an NC Cooperative Extension grant program that provides small cost share grants (up to $8000) to family farms and to community organizations that support family farms.

Eligibility: 

Family farms and community organizations working with family farms in the following counties are eligible to apply:  Alamance, Alexander,  Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson,  Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth,, Gaston, Granville, Greene,  Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin,  Mecklenburg, Nash, Northhampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph,  Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake,  Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren, Yadkin. 

GENERAL GUIDELINES:

Application submissions open Oct. 15th, 2020 and close on Dec. 18th, 2020 at 7 PM.  Submissions are limited to 250 applications.

  • Applicants should plan to work with their local Cooperative Extension Agents on their application proposals.
  • There are two application options, one for independent family farms and one for community organizations/associations that support farmers. 
  • Select an email address for your application that you check regularly. 
  • Choose a unique password and login to access your application.
  • Please follow the instructions outlined in the application, and check to be sure you are working on the correct form (Farmer Grant or Community Grant.)
  • SAVE a draft of your work if you would like to stop working on the application and continue at a later time. 



Sponsored by NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission 

NC AgVentures is an NC Cooperative Extension grant program that provides small cost share grants to producers with innovative ides that will strengthen their agricultural operation.  Project proposals up to $8,000 will be considered. One application per farm.  Submissions are limited to 250 applications.



Who is eligible?

Family farms in the following counties are eligible to apply:  Alamance, Alexander,  Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson,  Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth,, Gaston, Granville, Greene,  Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin,  Mecklenburg, Nash, Northampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph,  Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake,  Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren, Yadkin.

Current employees and their spouses of N.C. Cooperative Extension are not eligible to receive a grant.


Grant Winner Responsibilities:

  • Provide a minimum of 15% or more of the total project funds
  • Provide copies of receipts and photos to document grant project expenditures
  • Provide two grant reports, including income and expenses and a program survey
  • Grant recipients must be available by email or phone throughout he year.  Email access is very helpful.
  • Recipients will recognize NC AgVentures and North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission as the funders/supporters of the project in all materials/marketing/advertising used to promote the project.
  • Attend a grant winner’s orientation meeting.
  • Arrange a time for your Agent to visit your farm. Your Agent should continue to be a resource and technical advisor throughout the year as you work on your grant project. 
  • Allow Extension to include the recipients’ projects in public relations, outreach, demonstration and education in future years
  • Complete the project by March 31, 2022.

Tips for writing a successful proposal:

Contact your Cooperative Extension Agent early to set up a time to meet by phone or in person to review your application proposal.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide guidance to help you develop a strong project proposal.

Extension agents are our agricultural experts. They offer programming and research-based information to producers throughout the year.  If you are not working with an Agent contact your local Extension office and speak with the County Extension Director about your goals and ask if they can recommend an Agent.

Please do not remove, change or falsify Agent comments on the application.  Doing so could disqualify your application.

There are four sections in the application.  Read through all the questions before you start to fill out your answers.

  1. Contact Information
  2. Farm Operation
  3. Project Description
  4. Project Viability and Budget

Look at the Examples. 

Most of the Questions in sections 3 and 4 have examples to help you better understand the question.

Get your reference letters early!  

You will need to upload two letters.  It takes people a while to write letters, so contact them now.   Share the following template as a guide. A  reference letter should:

  • Identify the person you are recommending, 
  • Include information on who you are
  • Identify your connection with the person you are recommending
  • Explain why they are qualified, and the specific skills they have  
  • Whenever possible, it's helpful to provide specific anecdotes and examples that illustrate your support.

Start a rough draft.

Answer all the questions to the best of your ability, but do not focus too much on any one question and if you are unsure about a question, leave it blank.  

  • Contact your Extension Agent early to arrange for a consultation and an application review time.
  • Give the agent your application password and login, so they can review the proposal and provide suggestions 
  • Please do not remove, change or falsify Agent comments on the application.  Doing so could disqualify your application.

SAVE DRAFT

Remember to save draft if you want to stop working on the application and continue later.  If you click Apply the application will be locked.  

Troubleshooting:  

  • If the application is locked (you cannot type or edit the application) contact the program coordinator.  (jackie_miller@ncsu.edu)
  • Applicants should direct all questions regarding this application to Jackie Miller, program coordinator at  (jackie_miller@ncsu.edu.)
  • For technical issues contact support@submittable.com 
NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission sponsor the NC agVentures program. 


What is a Community Grant Project?

A community grant provides funding for agricultural projects that benefit three or more farmers.  For example, a livestock association could purchase a portable corral that can borrowed/rented by their members.  A farmers market could write a proposal to expand or update the facility.  

  • A community project should benefit three or more producers in at least one eligible county. 
  • Three of the farmers must be current or former tobacco growers, former quota holders or families whose income has been negatively impacted due to the loss of the tobacco industry.
  • There is no limit on the size of the collaboration and farms from other county's can be included as long as the project is based in an eligible county. 
  • Community organizations such as cooperative extension, farming associations, churches, schools and civic groups are eligible. 
  • One application per group.

Eligible Counties:   

Alamance, Alexander,  Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Davidson,  Davie, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Forsyth,, Gaston, Granville, Greene,  Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Iredell, Johnson, Lincoln, Martin,  Mecklenburg, Nash, Northhampton, Orange, Person, Pitt, Randolph,  Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Wake,  Wayne, Wilson, Wilkes, Warren, Yadkin  


Grant Awards: 

The program will accept proposal requests up to $8,000.  

Submissions are limited to 250 applications.


Grant Recipients Are Asked To:

  • Show farmer support for the community project.  A project participation form is included in the application to list those farmers that plan to participate in the project.
  • Provide at least 15 percent of the total project cost from the community (cash, not in-kind)
  • Submit copies of receipts and photos to document project expenses
  • Submit two grant reports, including income and expenses and a program survey
  • Grant recipients must be available by email or phone throughout he year. Email access is very helpful.
  • Recipients will recognize NC AgVentures and North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission as the funders/supporters of the project in all materials/marketing/advertising used to promote the project.
  • Attend a grant winner’s orientation meeting.
  • Allow Extension to include the recipients’ projects in public relations, outreach, demonstration and education in future years
  • Complete the project by March 31, 2022

Helpful Hints:

If your group is a newly formed association we highly recommend that you consult with a local Extension Agent.  The purpose of this meeting is to provide guidance to help you develop a strong and viable project proposal.

Extension agents are our agricultural experts. They offer programming and research-based information to producers throughout the year.  If you are not working with an Agent contact your local Extension office and speak with the County Extension Director about your project goals.

SAVE DRAFT: Save draft if you plan to stop working on the application and continue later. Do not click APPLY until the application is completed and you are ready to submit. If you click submit the application will be locked.  

Troubleshooting:  If the application is locked (you cannot type or edit the application, contact the program coordinator.  (jackie_miller@ncsu.edu)

Applicants with questions about the application should contact the program coordinator Jackie Miller (jackie_miller@ncsu.edu)

For technical question contact Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at support@submittable.com