WNC AgOptions 2021 Grant Cycle Now Open!

Posted On September 1, 2020— Written By

WNC AgOptions logoWNC AgOptions intent to apply deadline Oct. 23, 2020; Application deadline Nov. 20, 2020.

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $216,000 to western North Carolina farmers in 2021. The application deadline is Nov. 20, 2020.

WNC AgOptions helps offset farmers’ risk of trying new ventures and expanding their farms with $3,000 and $6,000 grants. Applicants should contact their Cooperative Extension agents by Oct. 23 to set up an appointment to discuss their projects. Applications are available via the following link 2021 WNCAgOptionsApplicationFinal or at local Cooperative Extension Centers.

Applicants are encouraged to participate in information sessions, which will be held via the Zoom online video conferencing platform. Details on these meetings can be found on the WNC AgOptions website: www.wncagoptions.org.

Since 2004, WNC AgOptions has distributed more than $3 million to farmers in western North Carolina who are diversifying their operations. In 2020, three farms in Henderson County were awarded AgOptions Grants.