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CDFA seeks input on small producers' grant program

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A display in the California Department of Food and Agriculture building's lobby in Sacramento highlights the state's diverse farms.
The program is designed to help small-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Farm Equity Office is seeking public comments on a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the California Underserved and Small Producer Grant Program.

Comments will be accepted until April 22, 2021. This grant program and timeline for funding is contingent upon funding appropriation.

The program is designed to facilitate direct assistance to individual small-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who need support applying for economic relief grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies.

This program has two components. Applicants can apply for one or both:

Part 1: Technical Assistance for Underserved Farmers and Ranchers – Funding for technical assistance providers to support farmers and ranchers in applying for economic relief grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies and other business economic recovery activities

Part 2: Direct Grant Assistance for Underserved Farmers and Ranchers – Eligible entities are also able to apply as a “regional administrator” for grant funds to distribute directly to farmers and ranchers to aid in economic recovery and relief measures and/or leverage existing economic relief funding programs

Comments must be submitted via email to by 5 p.m. PT on April 22.

The Draft RFP can be found at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/CUSP/

To further assist those interested in submitting public comments and applying for the program, CDFA staff will provide information and answer stakeholder questions at a webinar workshop on April 19, 2021 from 1pm-3pm (PST).

Registration information for the workshop is available on the CDFA Grants Page.

Interested stakeholders and members of the public are encouraged to register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Source: California Department of Food and Agriculture, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset. 

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