NC AgVentures

There are presently no open calls for applications.

Welcome to NC AgVentures Grant Application Portal 

NC AgVentures is an NC State Extension program that provides grants to North Carolina family farms, and community organizations that work with family farms to develop new and innovative agricultural projects which will increase farm profits. This is a great opportunity for any producer who is thinking of diversifying, improving, or expanding their operation. 

Two Grant Options: 

Individual Grants for North Carolina family farms who are agriculturally dependent and who have viable ideas for innovative agricultural projects to increase farm profits. 

Community grants are available for community groups and organizations with project ideas that will directly benefit 3 or more farms. Some examples: Cooperative Extension, farming associations, farmer co-ops and farmers markets.

Who is Eligible?

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.  

If your county is not listed under NC AgVentures please click on the following links to find the organization that serves your county.
WNC AGOptions (West NC Communities) 

UMO AgPrime (University of Mount Olive)

Who is not eligible?

  • NC State Extension Agents, their spouses or partners are not eligible to apply for personal grants. Agents can write a Community Grant.
  • NC State Employees are not eligible to apply for personal grants.

Application submissions open Oct. 15th, 2021 and close on Dec. 15th, 2021 at 8 PM.  

Submissions are limited to a total of 250 applications.

Please only one application per farm.


  • The project should increase farm income or replace lost income from the decline in the tobacco economy.
  • The proposal must be adequately researched
  • The budget must be realistic
  • The applicant must have the skills to complete the project or have identified technical assistance to help them implement a successful project
  • The project must become self-supporting and/or enhance your ability to keep farming 
  • The proposal should be reviewed by a N.C. Cooperative Extension agent.  
  • All applications must be submitted through the online application submission portal.
  • All farms in the 46 counties listed are eligible to apply but family farms that are current or past tobacco farms will get a higher priority
  • Farms that have not received previous funding from NC Tobacco Trust Commission, RAFI or NC AgVentures will get a higher priority than applicants that have received a previous grant.