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Young Farmers Grant

National Young Farmers Coalition

Funding Amount


Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Recipients for 2023 have been announced. Application for 2024 will re-open later this year


Designed to provide a flexible financial boost to young farmers building long-term careers in agriculture. This fund can be used for anything that will further your goals as a farmer, even if that means just getting started

Grant funding may support:
- Completing a project
- Purchasing a new piece of equipment
- Covering operating costs such as seeds and compost
- Building new infrastructure
- Attending a farmer training program or conference
- Hiring additional farm labor
- Covering personal finances that stand in the way of farm success, including but not limited to childcare, housing, or student loan payments

Funds, once awarded, may be used to match other grant opportunities

Who Can Apply

This program seeks to support “livelihood farmers and rancher” or those seeking long term careers that financially support them through agriculture. At this time we are not able to offer funding to farmers who are not currently, or are not working, toward making an income farming through long-term careers in agriculture

- Applicant must be the operation owner or plan to start their own operation in 2023
- For non-profit farms without “owners” applicant must be the lead farmer/farm manager
- Farmer part-owners of cooperative or collective farms are qualified to apply. Please choose just one owner to represent the operation in the application
- Young farmers and ranchers who are at least 18 and not over 40 years of age as of May 1, 2023
- Applicant must use farm practices that protect natural resources for future generations
- Applicant must be farming or ranching in one of the 50 U.S. states, D.C., in Puerto Rico, or in the Virgin Islands
- There are no preferences for what applicants produce on their operations or for current scale of farm
- We strongly encourage farmers of color, Indigenous farmers, and farmers who are facing significant structural barriers to accessing other funding opportunities and success in agriculture to apply
- Staff and Board members of the National Young Farmers Coalition are not eligible to apply
- Recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Young Farmer Grants are not eligible to apply

Additional Eligibility Requirements




Additional Information

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