Cover photo for Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach Grant Program

Farming Opportunities Training and Outreach Grant Program (FOTO)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Closed June 8, 2022


The USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program), is managed by USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). The 1990 Farm Bill established the program to provide outreach and technical assistance for underserved farmers, ranchers, and foresters, in owning and operating sustainable farms and ranches while increasing their participation in USDA programs and services. The 2014 Farm Bill expanded the program’s reach to veterans. The 2018 Farm Bill boosts mandatory funding for the program through FY 2023.

FOTO is the combination of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and the Outreach and Assistance to Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (2501 Program). USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers BFRDP and USDA’s Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) manages the 2501 Program. FOTO provides mandatory funding of $30 million for fiscal year (FY) 2020 and increases funding annually up to $50 million by FY2023. Annual funding will be split equally between BFRDP and the 2501 Program.


Eligible organizations:

  • Community-Based & Non-Profit Organizations

  • Tribal Governments & Colleges

  • Higher Education Institutions with Agricultural Programs (such as 1890s, 1994s and Hispanic-Serving Institutions)

  • Alaskan Native Cooperative Colleges

Organizations must have documented experience in working with socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers for at least three (3) years to qualify for the 2501 Program.


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June 8, 2022


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Updated May 27, 2022

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