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Apply for Funding – Farm Loan Program

Technical Assistance Provider Network Funding Opportunity

RFA Timeline:

August 30, 2024 – Application Deadline

October 11, 2024 – Award Notification

November 1, 2024 – Start Date for Funded Projects

The Southern Risk Management Education Center (SRMEC), in conjunction with the Western Center, announces a competitive funding opportunity to create Technical Assistance Provider Networks (TAPN’s) to support producers in accessing Farm Loans from the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA).

This funding opportunity will help producers to address barriers to agricultural credit by assisting producers to access farm loan programs and to successfully obtain and service Farm Loan Program (FLP) loans. The maximum award will be $400,000 for 3-year projects to be conducted between November 1, 2024, and October 31, 2027.

How to Apply

  1. RFA: Download and read the Farm Loan Program: Technical Assistance Provider Network RFA thoroughly.
  2. Registration Information: If you are already registered in the RVS, skip to step 3. To register, use this link to access the Extension Risk Management Education Results Verification System. Select “Create New Account” and complete the form to create a new account. An email will be sent to confirm your registration. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 15 minutes, check your spam folder. Click on the link in the email to complete your registration.
  3. RVS: Login to RVS (rvs.umn.edu) using your email address and password, which will take you to the “My Projects” page. To begin a new Application, select “Start New Project Application” to see all available funding opportunities. Click the “Southern ERME” tab to see all Southern Center funding opportunities.
  4. Category: Select the grant category “Farm Loan Program: Technical Assistance Provider Network” and click “Apply for this Grant”.
  5. Enter the project information, including Project Title; Project Director email, Institution Mailing Address, and Financial Contact. You will have the opportunity to edit or update this information once you have created the application.
  6. Complete each section in the Table of Contents on the left sidebar and follow the Instructions accessible on each page of the application via the question mark (?) icon.
  7. Whenever you wish to continue working on your Proposal, return to the Extension Risk Management Education Results Verification System and login. Your active projects will be listed on the “My Projects” page. You may edit your proposal by clicking on the pencil icon.

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Erica Fields, 501-671-2147, efields@uada.edu or Ron Rainey, 501-671-2175, rrainey@uada.edu.