Cy Pres Funds

Lead Class Counsel in the In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (Consolidated Case) are pleased to announce details about the Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation (BFDL) Cy Pres Funds, which are approximately $12 million in settlement funds remaining following the final deadline for successful claimants to cash their settlement checks. Awards from the BFDL Litigation Cy Pres Fund will be made to eligible tax-exempt nonprofit organizations serving African-American farmers and/or ranchers according to the intent of the Consolidated Case Settlement Agreement.

BFDL Cy Pres Phase I Grants Request for Proposals

It is expected that BFDL Cy Pres Funds will be distributed in two distinct phases: Cy Pres Phase I Grants and Cy Pres Phase II Grants. The Request for Proposals (RFP) for Cy Pres Phase I Grants opened Monday, July 31, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time and will close Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Lead Class Counsel expect to recommend that up to one-third (approximately $4 million) of the total BFDL Cy Pres Funds be eligible for disbursement through the Cy Pres Phase I Grants process. The purpose of Cy Pres Phase I Grants is to stabilize and/or grow the capacity of nonprofit organizations with both a historic (prior to December 31, 2012) and a current record of providing meaningful agricultural, business assistance, and/or advocacy services to African-American farmers and/or ranchers operating in rural/non-urban areas of the United States. Law firms, legal service entities, and educational institutions are not eligible per the Consolidated Case Settlement Agreement.

A technical assistance webinar will be offered at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 to clarify logistical and technical questions applicants might have about completing their proposal. Questions from organizations regarding the content of their applications will not be addressed during this webinar. To RSVP for this webinar, please email Administrator@BlackFarmerCyPres.com. Once complete, it is expected that the technical assistance webinar will be posted to this website for future reference.

Additionally, Lead Class Counsel will host a conference call in early August to address non-technical questions about the overall process and intent of the BFDL Cy Pres Funds and the Cy Pres Phase I Grant opportunity.

Lead Class Counsel hope to recommend to the Court that Cy Pres Phase I Grants be awarded by the end of 2017.

BFDL Cy Pres Phase II Grants Visioning

Following the Court’s final decision on distribution of Cy Pres Phase I Grants, Lead Class Counsel expect to recommend that the remaining approximately $8 million of the BFDL Cy Pres Funds be disbursed through Cy Pres Phase II Grants. In preparation for Cy Pres Phase II Grants, Lead Class Counsel will seek to engage African-American farmers and ranchers, advocates, and allies to identify strategic funding priorities for the Cy Pres Phase II Grant recommendation process, likely beginning with a convening of leaders in early 2018 in the South.

Eligibility requirements for Cy Pres Phase II Grants may differ from Cy Pres Phase I Grants, but must comply with the terms of the Consolidated Case Settlement Agreement (as amended).

All organizations that currently provide agricultural, business assistance, and/or advocacy services for African-American farmers and ranchers, even if they do not qualify for Cy Pres Phase I Grants, may contribute to the development of funding priorities for Cy Pres Phase II Grants by completing and submitting the document titled “Cy Pres Phase II Visioning Document” below. On the same form, organizations may nominate one representative from their organization to attend the convening in 2018.

BFDL Cy Pres Phase I Grants Request for Proposals (RFP) Information

BFDL Cy Pres Phase I Grant Proposal Documents to be Completed & Submitted