Trust Fund Seeks Grant Applicants

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The N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is requesting applications from qualifying organizations that support the agricultural industry, impact rural communities, and stimulate economic development. Online applications are due March 8. Rules and the application can be found at Funds will be awarded in the fall of 2024 for selected projects.

“Agricultural diversity, efficiency and improving markets are important to the entire North Carolina farming industry. The Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is looking to supporting these efforts by offering grants for new and innovative projects.” said William H. “Bill” Teague, NCTTFC Chairman.

The NCTTFC was established in 2000 by the N.C. General Assembly to help members of the tobacco community including farmers, tobacco workers and related businesses. Its original funding was established through tobacco industry annual payments as a result of the Master Settlement Agreement. Funding is now appropriated through the state budget to the NCTTFC which then reviews, selects, and disperses the funds to grant projects.

Past NCTTFC projects include farmers market improvements, cost-share grant programs for farmers, commodity marketing, researching alternative crops and support of various agricultural education programs.

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Jefferson Weaver is the Managing Editor of Columbus County News and he can be reached at (910) 914-6056, (910) 632-4965, or by email at [email protected].