2022 WNC Ag Options Grant Application Cycle

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Grants for WNC family farms in 2022 -WNC Communities is pleased to announce the official launch of the 2022 WNC AgOptions grant application cycle!

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension agents by Nov. 12 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects.

We will be offering $4000 and $8000 mini-grants to individual farm businesses.
For the first time, we are offering the application in Spanish.

Applications are also available at N.C. Cooperative Extension centers.

WNC AgOptions offers grants to farmers in the following counties/units: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey counties as well as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
The administrator of WNC AgOptions is WNC Communities, a non-profit organization that has been improving agriculture in the region since 1947. WNC Communities provides a unique forum for leaders in western North Carolina to carry out innovative programs to improve the quality of life for rural communities and to enhance the agriculture economy.

Interested applicants should contact their County Ag Agent by November 12, 2021, to set up an appointment to discuss their project.

Members of the WNC AgOptions steering committee include representatives from N.C.Cooperative Extension, N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services–Marketing Division, WNC Communities, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, and other leaders in agribusiness.
For more information, see the following:

WNC Agricultural Options: www.wncagoptions.org

N.C. Cooperative Extension Centers: www.ces.ncsu.edu

N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission: www.tobaccotrustfund.org

WNC Communities: www.wnccommunities.org.