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Grants Available For Innovative Agricultural Projects

Qualified applicants could receive funding this year for innovative projects which assist rural communities, stimulate economic development, provide job training and/or increase farm income.

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) in Raleigh has announced a new grant cycle and is accepting applications until March 4, 2013. Project winners will be announced by September 2013.

“Grant ideas that target job creation in current or former tobacco-dependent regions or have the potential to generate additional income for farming sectors will be given top priority,” said William H. “Bill” Teague, NCTTFC Chairman. “The Commission has impacted and currently serves hundreds of thousands of farmers and consumers through its programs, and we look forward to funding a wide selection of projects later this year.”

Previous grants include farmer’s market renovations, alternative crop research, agricultural marketing campaigns and assistance for unemployed workers to improve job skills. Some of the current NCTTFC-supported projects include programs designed to decrease farm energy costs, new facilities for livestock marketing, enhancing local foods campaigns and developing markets for value-added food producers.

The grant application and guidelines can be found at, and potential applicants may contact the NCTTFC at or by calling 919-733-2160.

The Commission’s funding comes from monies paid by cigarette manufacturers as a result of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement. The Commission was established in 2000 by the N.C. General Assembly to help members of the tobacco community including farmers, tobacco workers and related businesses. The funding is appropriated to the Commission which then reviews, selects and disperses the funds to grant projects.

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