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Eligibility Information

  1. Eligible applicants. Applications must state in their narratives how they comply with the following eligibility requirements:
    1. Any community-based organization, network, or coalition of community-based organizations
      that:
      • Has demonstrated experience in providing agricultural education or other agriculturally related services, including technical assistance, to socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners during the three-year period preceding the submission of the application;
      • Has provided to the Secretary documentary evidence of work with, and on behalf of (i.e., advocacy group) socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners during the three-year period preceding the submission of an application for assistance under this program (documentary evidence shall include a narrative with specific information regarding: the scope of past projects; the number of socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners served or located in the area served by the organization; activities conducted; community involvement; and copies of prior agreements, press releases, news articles, and other contemporaneous documents supporting the narrative); and
      • Does not engage in activities prohibited under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. An organization is ineligible if: (1) part of the organization’s net earnings inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual; (2) a substantial part of the organization’s normal activities involve carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting, to influence legislation; and (3) the organization participates in, or intervenes in, any political campaign on behalf (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office.
    2. An institution of higher education that is accredited by an accrediting agency or state approval agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a “reliable authority as to the quality of postsecondary education” within the scope of the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended. An institution on probation at the time of application is ineligible.Applications may be submitted by any of the following
      • An 1890 institution, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State College (as defined in the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7601));
      • A 1994 institution (as defined in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note));
      • An Indian Tribal Community College or an Alaska Native Cooperative College
      • A Hispanic-serving educational institution (as defined in section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3103)); and
      • Any other institution of higher education (as defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001)) that has demonstrated experience in providing agriculture education or other agriculturally related services to socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in a region.
    3. An Indian tribe (as defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b)) or a national tribal organization that has demonstrated experience in providing agriculture education or other agriculturally related services to socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in a region.