Final Reminder

We are pleased to announce the following Request for Proposals:  A Mini-Grant Initiative for Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition Partners, 2022


We have funding for another project to be awarded 2022-2023.  Please consider applying!


Friday, July 1, 2022 (4:59 PM Eastern Time)


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The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition (VBFRC) management team announces the availability of mini-grant funds and request for proposals for programming opportunities that are aimed at supporting the goals and objectives of the VBFRC. The funding range for mini-grant proposals is capped at $3,000. The period of performance is no more than 12 months starting July 28, 2022.  Only VBFR Coalition partner organizations (see page 6 of the RFP) recognized by the VBFRC management team as of time of the proposal are eligible to receive funding.  Two funding categories are available:

  • Innovation Projects: The goal of innovation projects is to provide initial support to those organizations and groups within the Coalition positioned to launch new efforts to assist beginning farmers and ranchers with educational opportunities in Virginia.
  • Enhancement Projects: The goal of enhancement projects is to directly build upon existing Coalition partner plans of work/programming in supporting the next generation of farmers and ranchers with educational opportunities in Virginia.

Please see the attached RFP for full details.  Also included is a WORD version of the Proposal Cover Sheet and Budget form for applicants to use.

If you have any questions, please contact Kim Niewolny by email or phone.  Thank you!

The Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition and this mini-grant initiative are sponsored through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Award Number: # 2020-49400-32326.


Thank you,