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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Assist Military Veterans Seeking Careers in the Food and Agricultural Sector

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (AgVets) Competitive Grants Program


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.334
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-OP-009766
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/19/23 5:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations to provide workforce development opportunities for military veterans in rural areas. Applicants must complete required registrations and contact the funding source prior to submitting a proposal. The purpose of this program is to assist veterans interested in pursuing careers in the food and agricultural sector. Funding is intended to equip veterans with the necessary skills, training, and experience that lead to meaningful employment opportunities in turn strengthening personal finances and rural economies.

The Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program provides grants to non-profits to increase the number of military veterans gaining knowledge and skills through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm and ranch programs offered regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector. The program encourages the development of training opportunities specifically designed for military veterans. AgVets projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Projects may also offer workforce readiness and employment prospects for service-disabled veterans. Ensuring there are pathways for military veterans interested in pursuing careers in agriculture — regardless of age or production choice — strengthens agricultural production and rural economies across the United States. NIFA requests applications for the AgVets to provide grants to nonprofit organizations for training programs and services to establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans.

The overarching goal of AgVets is to increase the number of military veterans pursuing knowledge and skills development through comprehensive, hands-on and immersive model farm/ranch programs offered locally or regionally that lead to successful careers in the food and agricultural sector.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants for the AgVets must meet all the requirements discussed in the RFA. Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.

AgVets applicants must be nonprofit entities (see Definitions in Appendix III). A letter stating the non-profit status should be included as an attachment to Field 12, Other Attachments (Part IV.B.).

Only the applicant must meet the eligibility requirement. Project partners and collaborators need not meet the eligibility requirement. Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply provided such organizations are necessary for the successful completion of the project. Applications submitted by individuals are not eligible for consideration under any category applicable to AgVets.

Fiscal Agent: If an applicant cannot accept Federal funds directly, a letter must be included in the application stating that in the event the application results in an award, the award funds must be administered through a fiscal agent organization on their behalf. For more information about Fiscal Agents, see

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates and Deadlines:
- Application: Fiscal Year 2023: June 19, 2023, 5:00 P.M. Eastern
- Letter of Intent: Not Required
- Applicants Comments: Within six months from the issuance of this notice (NIFA may not consider comments received after the sixth month)

Contact an AR prior to starting an application to assess the organization’s readiness to submit an electronic application.

No Match Required - AgVets has NO matching requirement. NIFA will not factor matching resources into the review process as an evaluation criterion.

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application (Register at

The System for Award Management ( is a government-wide registry for organizations doing business with the Federal government. centralizes information about grant recipients and provides a central location for grant recipients to change organizational information. uses to establish organizational authority for its users and to provide unique entity identification numbers. SAM registration must be renewed annually.

First, you must register with to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). The UEI is a 12-character alphanumeric identifier assigned to all entities (public and private companies, individuals, institutions, or organizations) to do business with the Federal Government. Organizations will also need to designate an E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC). It can take 7-10 business days to fully complete the registration process required for most funding opportunities. There is no fee for registering with

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Range of Awards: $100,000-$250,000

Maximum Award Amount: Approximately $250,000 per year for up to 3 years for large standard grants; Approximately $100,000 per year for up to 3 years for small standard grants

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: 36 Months

Contact Information
Program Contacts
- Brenda Martin 816-412-6165
- Crystal Kyle 816-908-3177

For administrative questions related to;
1., see below
2. Other RFA or application questions, please email
3. Awards under this RFA, please email

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

Courier/Package Delivery Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061 Support Online Support:
Telephone support: 800-518-4726 Toll-Free or 606-545-5035
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NIFA Support
Key Information: Business hours: Monday thru Friday, 7a.m. – 5p.m. ET, except federal holidays

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