Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program)


Deadline passed as of July 29, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknownThe 2501 Program provides funding to eligible organizations for training and technical assistance projects designed to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating viable agricultural enterprises. The 2501 Program extends USDA's capacity to work with members of farming and ranching communities by funding projects that enhance the equitable participation of socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs. It is OAO's (Office of Advocacy and Outreach) intention to build lasting relationships between USDA, awardee organizations, and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.

agricultural, food security, veterans, ranching, environmental justice, technical assistance, business,
Funding Amount: 
Award amounts vary; total program funds $8.4 million.
Matching Funds: 


Land Grant colleges and universities, Alaska Native and American Indian Tribal colleges and universities, Hispanic-Serving colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, including a network or a coalition of community-based organizations, Indian tribes, national tribal organizations all other institutions of higher education and other organizations or institutions.