WNC AgOptions Grant: Applications Set to Be Released in October

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Since 2004 supported by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions has provided grant funding for farmers wanting to diversify or expand their production. The application will soon be released.

WNC AgOptions offers grants to farmers in the following counties/units:  Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Clay, Cleveland, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, and Yancey Counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

As you wait for the official release of the grant application, here are some tips in writing a successful grant proposal:

  • Plan & research your topic and market thoroughly.
  • Review the WNC AgOptions website to gather ideas from previous recipients.
  • Have others review your proposal including your local Extension Agent. There will be an Intent to Apply deadline set that you must let your local Extension Agent know that you intend to apply.
  • Include two quality letters of support from partners or cooperators who will help you complete your project goals. Choose individuals who will actually support the project to move forward. These individuals should be able to provide advice or assistance.
  • Be precise but thorough in your grant proposal. Write the proposal as if the reader is not familiar with your type of farming operation. Don’t exaggerate your budget numbers or expected income. Experienced reviewers look over your proposals. It’s okay if you see little to no expected income in the first year. To keep up-to-date on the application process, please refer to the WNC AgOptions website, and also feel free to contact me at 828-757-1290 or sarah_christas@ncsu.edu.