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Applications are due Tuesday for this year’s round of N.C. AgVentures grants.
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission provides the funding each year. Individual grants and community grants are available.
This year, the number of eligible counties has grown from 18 to 46.
Some $173,000 in grants has been given out since the program was started in 2015.
The maximum grant amount is $8,000. Applicants must pay at least 15% of the amount of the grant toward their project.
In 2019, grant recipients in Wilson County included Robert Simpson, Sullivan Farms and the Raleigh Road Garden Center.
Applicants have certain requirements. They must already farm and be set up as a business. They must be looking at diversifying, expanding or improving infrastructure on the farm. They must work with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension to develop a clear idea of what can be funded through the program.
Applications are due online by Tuesday. According to Jessica Anderson, livestock agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension office in Wilson County, the application takes about an hour to complete.
To apply, visit https://agventures.ces.ncsu.edu/.