The 2019 Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is accepting applications for grant projects that will enhance communities affected by the downturn in the tobacco industry.
Supporting the agricultural industry, impacting rural communities and stimulating economic development are key objectives for the 2019 NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (NCTTFC) grant cycle. Funds will be awarded in the fall of 2019 for selected innovative projects.
Applications information is now online at www.tobaccotrustfund.org for qualifying organizations. Said William H. “Bill” Teague, NCTTFC Chairman:
“This year the NCTTFC is specifically interested in job creation in current or former tobacco-dependent regions and funding projects that have the potential to generate additional income for farmers and those in the industry. Online applications will be accepted for innovative projects within North Carolina. Applicants can plan to start the projects in November of 2019.”
The NCTTFC was established in 2000 by the NC 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 to the NCTTFC which then reviews, selects and disperses the funds to grant projects.
The deadline for applications submission is March 8, 2019. More information may be found at the NCTTFC’s website, TobaccoTrustFund.org, or by calling 919.733.2160.
Past NCTTFC projects includes farmers market improvements, cost-share grant programs for farmers, training for qualified farm family members in community colleges and support of more than 30 high school agricultural education programs. To see last year’s grant recipients, visit tobaccotrustfund.org/2018-recipients.
Source: Jeff Camden, Tobacco Trust Fund Commission