Scholarship deadline for the 2024 MSU Organic Farmer Training Program
August 18, 2023 - November 15, 2023
Registration Deadline: November 15, 2023 - 12:00AM
There are need and merit-based scholarships for BIPOC farmers from Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park of up to $3,150. To apply for the scholarship, fill out the scholarship application and financial need form. Send any questions Katie Brandt at email@example.com . This covers most of the program costs of $3,900. We also encourage those in need to apply for the Greenstone Cultivate Growth Grant of $500 (or $1,000 for Greenstone customers).
Non-MSU Scholarship options:
- Each of these scholarships have their own deadline.....
- Greenstone Cultivate Growth Grant – $500/$1,000 grants for beginning farmers who want to attend OFTP, conferences, etc. or get professional services. It is $500 for anyone or $1,000 for Greenstone customers/members. The application is simple, they tend to fund most who apply and then they write an article about you and your farm if you're funded.
- Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund - Up to $5,000 for farm equipment, supplies or education -
- National Young Farmers Coalition Young Farmer Grants $5,000
- Rodale BIPOC Farmer Mini-Grants $500 to $2,000 for education or farm uses https://rodaleinstitute.org/education/bipoc-farmer-micro-grants/
- Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) - up to $200 in USDA assistance for educational programs for certified organic farmers or farmers transitioning to organic – This USDA assistance should be available for anyone who qualifies
- CCOF Future Organic Farmer Grant - $5,000 for Vocational and Higher Ed Students – apply between mid-March and mid-April
How do I pay for the OFTP?
- Americorps Education Awards
- Most 529 plans
- Some MET plans
- Michigan Works! PATH program (unemployment training)
- Card payments: https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3843?&itemcode=3843-oftp
- Please ask about other payment options and I will glad send details or check into the options.
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