Orange County Economic Development

Orange County Economic Development Grant Program

The Orange County Board of Commissioners has recently approved the creation of two small business grant programs to stimulate both agricultural related ventures, and non-farm small business development and expansion throughout the County.  These two new grant programs, which will be managed within the County’s Economic Development office, are funded by the one-quarter cent sales tax funds, called Article 46 funds, to support diversified economic development.  Farm related applicants should complete the Agricultural Grant application, while small non-farm business applicants should complete the Business Investment Grant application.  By making economic development grant funds available, Orange County will be aiding existing business investment and early-stage venture growth, assisting local agriculture and local food systems, and supporting entrepreneurial development.  The goal is to increase high-quality jobs opportunities for our residents and grow the commercial tax base in Orange County.   Small businesses and farmers receiving funding through this program will be encouraged to be good corporate citizen, as defined in Orange County’s Economic Development Strategic Plan, and encouraged to employ Orange County residents.

The ”Business Investment Grant” program will offer two types of grants – Small Grants (up to $1,500.00) and Large Grants (from $1,500.01 – $10,000.00).

  • Guidelines
  • Deadlines:  March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31
  • Download applications:
    • Small –      Word     
    • Large –      Word     

The “Agriculture Economic Development” grant program will assist local farmers to develop new sources of agricultural income through the provision of cost-share grants. The program will provide two types of grants – Small Grants (p to $1,000.00) and Large Grants (from $1,000.01 – $10,000.00).

  • Click to download guidelines and application in Word format.
  • Click to download guidelines and application in PDF format.

A small subcommittee of members from the Orange County Economic Development Advisory Board, the Farmland Preservation Board, and other relevant staff will meet quarterly to review applications and make decision on possible awards.  For further information, consult the Orange County Economic Development office at (919) 245-2327.


Orange County Economic Development
131 W. Margaret Lane, Suite 205
Hillsborough, NC 27278