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AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #154693

Grant Description

Grants to USA and territories cooperative extensions at qualifying colleges and universities for programs to improve agricultural production by farmworkers, farmers, and farm family members with disabilities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that deliver education, networking, direct assistance, and marketing activities.

Applications may be submitted only by Cooperative Extension at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities including University of the District of Columbia, and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, including the Central State University, Tuskegee University and West Virginia State University.

Grants may be used to initiate, expand, or sustain programs that:

  1. Provide direct education and assistance to accommodate individuals with disabilities engaged in farming and farm-related occupations
  2. Provide on-the-farm technical advice concerning the design, fabrication, and use of agricultural and related equipment, machinery, and tools, and assist in the modification of farm worksites, operations, and living arrangements to accommodate individuals with disabilities engaged in farming, farm living and farm-related tasks
  3. Involve community and health care professionals, including Extension Service agents, in the early identification of farm and rural families that need services related to the disability of an individual
  4. Provide specialized education programs to enhance the professional competencies of rural agricultural professionals, rehabilitation and health care providers, vocational counselors, and other providers of service to individuals with disabilities and their families engaged in farming or farm-related occupations
  5. Mobilize volunteer resources and networks, including peer counseling among farmers with disabilities, to accommodate individuals with disabilities with their farming and farm-related activities.

The AgrAbility program supports rural communities in the United States by:

  1. Supporting cooperative programs between State Cooperative Extension Service agencies and private nonprofit disability organizations to provide on-the-farm agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations
  2. Enabling national private nonprofit disability organizations to provide technical assistance, training, information dissemination and other activities to support community-based direct service programs of on-site rural rehabilitation and assistive technology for individuals (including veterans) with disabilities, and their families, who are engaged in farming or farm-related occupations or, in the case of veterans with disabilities, who are pursuing new farming opportunities. 

The AgrAbility program is aligned with the following FY2022–FY2026 USDA Strategic Goals:

  1. Strategic Goal 2: Ensure America’s Agricultural System is Equitable, Resilient, and Prosperous
  2. Strategic Goal 3: Foster an Equitable and Competitive Marketplace for All Agricultural Producers
  3. Strategic Goal 5: Expand Opportunities for Economic Development and Improve Quality of Life in Rural and Tribal Communities

NIFA is soliciting applications under the following AgrAbility program areas:

  • State and Regional AgrAbility Projects (SRAPs)

Addressing the specialized needs of AgrAbility customers, the program builds service capacity on national, regional, state, and local levels through education and networking. The program provides direct assistance to individuals with disabilities who engage in farming and farm-related occupations. The form of assistance for the AgrAbility customer is dependent on the immediate needs that may be inadequately addressed by health, farm, and government service providers. AgrAbility projects use marketing activities to direct the public to initiatives in AgrAbility-related education, networking, and assistance.

The AgrAbility program funds projects that deliver education, networking, direct assistance, and marketing activities. For more information, see

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must be submitted by the Cooperative Extension at 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities including the University of the District of Columbia, Tuskegee University, West Virginia State University, and Central State University.

Applicants must partner with private non-profit organizations providing direct service to individuals with disabilities. Applications must include commitment letters from the non-profit partner organization.

Award recipients may subcontract to organizations not eligible to apply (such as 1994 Land-Grant Colleges, Hispanic-Serving Institutions) provided such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. Also, the 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions may partner with each other and/or other Land-Grant Institutions (e.g., 1994 Land-Grants) and Non-Land-Grant Institutions within their state or region on joint proposals. Applications proposing such partnerships must include commitment letters from all partnering organizations.

Pursuant to Section 7214 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-79), NIFA will recognize and prioritize Center of Excellence (COE) applicants that carry out research, extension, and education activities in the food and agricultural sciences. A COE is composed of one or more of the following entities that provide financial or in-kind support to the COE.
1. State agricultural experiment stations
2. Colleges and universities
3. University research foundations
4. Other research institutions and organizations
5. Federal agencies and National Laboratories
6. Private organizations, foundations, or corporations
7. Non-profit organizations
8. Individuals; or
9. Any group consisting of two or more of the entities described in (1) through (8).

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Successful applicants must not use grant funds awarded under the authority of this RFA to renovate or refurbish research, education, or extension space; purchase or install fixed equipment in such space; or to plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construct buildings or facilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. Eastern, January 19, 2023

This RFA is soliciting applications for new State/Regional AgrAbility projects. Applications for SRAP continuation awards are not included in this solicitation and are completed separately.

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

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SRAP applicants may propose projects with budgets not to exceed $183,230 per year for a project duration of four years (total funding: $732,920).

Term of Contract:

Grant Duration: 48 Months

The project period should begin approximately July 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

Program Contacts:

Dr. Victoria Finkenstadt

Ms. Tiffany Woodson

Dr. Crystal Kyle

RFA or application questions:

Awards under this RFA, please email Support:
Telephone support: 1-800-518-4726 (US) or 1-606-545-5035
Email support:

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

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