Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project

Success Story

The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project (RAPP) helps ORR-served populations lead rural farming and urban community gardening projects. RAPP works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide the fresh produce to farmers markets and earn the participants a supplemental income.

Participating in the Program

The program focuses on refugees and other ORR-eligible populations with a background in farming.

Through the RAPP program, grantees provide refugees who want to be farmers in the United States with:

  • Training and resources, including land for farming
  • Food safety and nutrition education to refugees to help promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Technical assistance in farming, food safety, and nutrition
  • The opportunity to work with each other and the broader community, promoting cultural exchanges and integration

Becoming a Grantee

RAPP grantees are community-based organizations and resettlement agency affiliates.

Eligible Applicants for the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project Program

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Non-profits with a 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
  • Non-profits that do not have a 501(c)(3), other than institutions of higher education

The Refugee Agricultural Partnership Project is a competitive grant program and funding is limited.

Organizations funded by the program are currently funded for a three-year project period. Organizations wishing to operate a program must submit an application when the RAPP Funding Opportunities Announcement is open on Grants.gov.