Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers

The overall goal of the 2501 Program is to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture (USDA).

This program

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will assist eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach, training, education, and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
In Her Shoes Inc $ 253,425   2021-09-282024-09-27
Agriculture And Land-based Training Association $ 750,000   2021-09-282024-09-27
Central State University $ 566,148   2021-09-282024-09-27
Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship, Inc. $ 654,084   2021-09-282024-09-27
First Nations Development Institute $ 750,000   2021-09-282024-09-27
International Rescue Committee Inc $ 749,999   2021-09-282024-09-27
Iowa Valley Rc&d. $ 689,454   2021-09-282024-09-27
Kentucky State University $ 750,000   2021-09-282024-09-27
Lincoln University $ 623,189   2021-09-282024-09-27
Lutheran Services In Iowa, Inc. $ 324,707   2021-09-282024-09-27

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

2501 organizations extend OAO?s outreach efforts to connect with and assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers.

They play a critical role in identifying and addressing the factors and challenges experienced by socially disadvantaged groups while also providing training, education, and technical expertise.

These organizations help to ensure socially disadvantaged groups and veterans are able to equitably participate in the full range of USDA programs in an effort to help improve their ability to start and maintain successful agricultural businesses.

No construction is permitted with funds from this program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations that may apply: Any community-based organization, network, or coalition of community-based organizations with documented evidence of working with and on behalf of socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers during the 3-year period preceding this application cycle and does not or has not engaged in activities prohibited under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; an 1890 or 1994 institution of higher education (as defined in 7 U.S.C.

§ 7601); a Hispanic-Serving Institution of higher education (as defined in 7 U.S.C.

§ 3103); American Indian tribal community colleges or Alaska Native cooperatives colleges; other institutions of higher education with documented experience in providing agricultural education or services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers; Indian tribes or national tribal organizations with documented experience in providing agricultural education or services to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers; organizations or institutions that received funding under 7 U.S.C.

§ 2279(a) with respect to projects that the Secretary considers similar to projects previously carried out by the organization or institution under this subsection.

Beneficiary Eligibility

A farmer or rancher who is a member of one or more of the following groups whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities: African-Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asians, and Pacific Islanders. The Secretary of Agriculture will determine on a case-by-case basis whether additional groups qualify under this definition.


Applicants must have the financial, legal, administrative, and operational capacity to carry out the objectives of the program by having experience in agriculture. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-122 'Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations' and OMB Circular No. A-21, 'Cost Principles for Educational Institutions', and as incorporated by USDA regulations (7 CFR parts 3015, 3016, 3019). Community-based organizations should provide a current certification of non-profit status in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and have dated Articles of Incorporation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Formal proposals should be submitted as outlined in the Funding Opportunity Announcement posted on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

A review panel that is independent of the OAO Grants Staff will use a point system to rate each proposal, awarding a maximum of 100 points. Each proposal will be reviewed and numerically scored by at least two members of the Independent Review Panel. The Panel will rank all applications submitted and forward their recommendations to the designated approving official. Funding decisions are based on the Panel?s recommendations to the designated approving official who will make final determinations.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990, Section 2501, Public Law 101-624, 7 U.S.C 2279.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Proposals must be received by the deadline indicated on the Funding Opportunity Announcement posted on www.grants.gov. Proposals received after the posted deadline will not be considered for funding. Notice of action taken on proposals will generally be within 90 days of the date of the proposal submission deadline or prior to September 30 of each fiscal year.


Grant-making decisions are not appealable.


Neither renewal nor supplemental grants will be issued.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Per the Funding Opportunity Announcement posted on www.grants.gov, grants are awarded for up to one year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant payments and drawdown procedures will be administered electronically via EFT.

Post Assistance Requirements


In accordance with 2 CFR 200.301, OAO must require the use of OMB-approved standard information collections in relating financial data to performance accomplishments of the Federal award when providing financial and performance information.

Progress and Financial Reports must be submitted within 30 days after the end of each quarter, including the fourth quarter, and any subsequent quarters should a no-cost-extension be approved.

Final Progress and Financial Reports which cover the entire period of performance must also be submitted within 90 days after the period of performance end date.

Cash transaction reports are required to be completed in the HHS Payment Management System.

Quarterly financial and program performance/progress reports are due within 30 days after the reporting period.

A final financial and performance/progress report is required within 90 days of the expiration of each Grant Agreement, which shall include an evaluation of the activities under the Grant Agreement.

Requirements for performance/progress reports will be identified in Grant Agreement terms and conditions.

Financial Status Reports are required to be completed in the HHS Payment Management System.

Monitoring of performance will be conducted through use of quarterly Progress and Financial Reports and may also include audits and on-site visits.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Per 2 CFR 200.333, financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records must be retained for at least three years following the submission of the final expenditure report or, if any litigation, claim, or audit is pending, records must be retained until resolution or final action occurs.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $9,000,000; FY 17 est $9,000,000; and FY 18 est $10,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 U.S.C. § 7601; 7 U.S.C. § 3103; 7 U.S.C. § 2279, 7CFR 2500 and 2 CFR part 200 ?Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards?

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Kenya Nicholas Office of Advocacy and Outreach 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Stop 0601 , Washington, District of Columbia 20250-9600 Phone: 202-720-6350

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals must address a minimum of two or more of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary?s priority areas and initiatives such as projects that assist StrikeForce states and communities, etc., will receive priority points. Please review the Funding Opportunity Announcement on www.grants.gov for more explicit information on selection criteria.

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