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Jun 2

SARE Professional Development Program Grant

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Call for Pre-proposals for the Professional Development Program (PDP) Grants is now open.

The Professional Development Program is a “train the trainer” program, providing funding to agricultural professionals to train Cooperative Extension agents, USDA field personnel, and other ag professionals and educators in areas of sustainable agriculture production practices. Training activities may include seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or the marketing and distributing of training materials. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states, or throughout the entire Southern region.

The deadline for the Call for Pre-proposals is 5 p.m. EST on June 2, 2017.


Jun 7

USDA Specialty Crop Industry Grant

The U. S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $60 million in grants available to support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as specialty crops.  The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support projects including research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to address the needs of America's specialty crop industry.

Interested parties should apply directly through their state departments of agriculture, which manage the competitive grant process.  A listing of the SCBGP’s state contacts, and how to apply with state application due dates, can be found on the AMS Specialty Crop Block Grant Program web page. State departments of agriculture must submit their applications to AMS by June 7, 2017.

Two Grant Opportunities Available Under First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative
Feb 17

Two Grant Opportunities Available Under First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has opened two new grant opportunities under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). In both cases, applications are due by February 17, 2017.

With the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Agua Fund, First Nations will award up to 12 grants of up to $35,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families.

May 5

Graduate Student Grants

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released the 2017 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants.

Graduate Student Grants are one of the few sustainable agriculture research funding opportunities open to PhD and Master’s students at accredited institutions in the Southern region.

Proposal submission deadline is May 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.  Download the Call for Proposals on the Southern SARE website and carefully read the proposal application instructions. All of the guidelines, program goals, review criteria, and the submission process to apply for a Southern SARE Graduate Student Grant can be found within the Call for Proposals.

Research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region are eligible for submission. Maximum funds awarded for projects are $16,500 for up to three years’ work on the student’s project.

Visit the Southern SARE website for additional information on Graduate Student Grants. Grant awards are announced in late August. Visit the Southern SARE website for more information on sustainable agriculture and other grant funding opportunities.

Mar 9

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grant Programs – Organic Transitions

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grant Programs – Organic Transitions (ORG): March 9, 2017

Administered by USDA’s NIFA, the ORG competitive grant program supports colleges and universities seeking to advance the organic sector. Funding for organic agriculture is extremely limited, despite the rising demand for organic products from consumers and increase in transitioning to organic agriculture from farmers. The ORG grant program seeks to fill this funding gap by supporting projects focused on research, education and extension for organic transition, with the ultimate goal of making organics more competitive in the food industry. For the FY 2017 round of applications, NIFA will make about $3.8 million available. In the RFA for ORG, NIFA describes key priority areas for FY 2017 projects, including: (1) research on the effects of organic practices on an agricultural system (i.e., cover crops, organic manure, and conservation tillage); (2) technological and methodological improvements for climate change mitigation on organic farming systems; and (3) increased understanding of the barriers to organic transition. Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EST on March 9, 2017.

Mar 31

Rural Energy for America Program

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Deadlines vary by grant type

In an effort to facilitate sustainable farm development by way of efficient and renewable energy, USDA created REAP, an outgrowth of the Farm Bill’s energy title, through which REAP is allotted $50 million annually. REAP’s funding approach is two-pronged, with assistance going towards: (1) grants and guaranteed loans for farms and small rural businesses aiming to improve energy efficiency and implement renewable energy; and (2) energy audit and renewable grants for service providers who work with farmers and small rural businesses.

Because the types of REAP projects are wide-ranging, USDA offers a number of deadlines for its Notice of Solicitation for Applications. For farms and small businesses requesting grants under $20,000, the first batching deadline has already passed. However, the second batching deadline will be at 4:30 p.m. (local time) on March 31, 2017. Larger grant requests are also due at 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2017. Finally, for farms and business requesting a private loan guarantee, there is a rolling deadline, which will begin the first month that 8 applications are turned in.

Feb 3

NSAC Conservation Stewardship Program

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a unique program that supports farmers already invested in environmentally sound farm practices, as well as farmers looking to improve their farms’ sustainability. USDA’s NRCS carries out CSP, the largest working lands conservation program in the nation. CSP works differently from the other grants mentioned here; specifically, farmers receive both technical and financial assistance in a contrast that extends for five years. State NRCS technical advisors will help farmers develop plans for their conservation practices. These can include: addressing major regional resource concerns such as water quality, improving soil quality, increasing on-farm biodiversity and conserving water and energy. Additionally, the program offers conservation enhancements to help expand or add on to a farmer’s already existing conservation efforts. To help you navigate these enhancements, check out some of NSAC’s own resources.

Due to the obvious appeal of the resources and guidance awarded through CSP, it is a highly competitive grant program. To apply, farmers must fill out a simple form. If accepted and deemed eligible for CSP, contracts will be awarded first to those whose conservation plans (which are developed together by the farmer and NRCS field staff) best address key state-based priority resource concerns. Applications will be accepted year-round. However to be considered for a FY 2017 contract, applications should be turned in no later than February 3, 2017.

Nov 18

NRCS EQIP Call for Applications

Overview: The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.

Benefits: Eligible program participants receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices, or activities like conservation planning, that address natural resource concerns on their land. Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented. Contracts can last up to ten years in duration. Eligibility Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.

Eligibility: Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.

How to Apply: Visit a local NRCS office to get help with completing an application for financial assistance.

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Dec 8

USDA Farm to School Grant RFA

USDA has announced the release of the FY 2017 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications. Up to $5 million in grant funds is available to help schools create or strengthen farm to school programs this school year. Awards ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 will be distributed in four different grant categories: Planning, Implementation, Support Service, and Training. Applications are due by December 8, 2016. On Thursday, September 29, at 1pm EST, USDA will host a webinar to review the RFA and assist eligible entities in preparing proposals. Learn more here

Nov 17

Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program

2017 Request for Applications (RFA)

The Southern Risk Management Education Center in conjunction with the North Central, Northeastern, and Western Centers announces a competitive funding opportunity for educational projects designed to help agricultural producers improve their economic viability through targeted risk management strategies.  The Southern Center expects to fund 18-month Education Projects (awards of up to $50,000) to be conducted between April 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Eligibility: Applications are sought from qualified public and private groups, organizations, and institutions including land grant colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, other colleges and universities, and other public and private entities with a demonstrated capacity to develop and deliver results/outcome-based risk management education projects for agricultural producers and their families. The Southern Center serves the region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Application Process:  To view the complete Request for Applications, please visit the Southern Center's website:

Questions or comments regarding the RFA may be directed to Ron Rainey, Director, (501) 671-2715, or Sandy Martini, 479-575-6995,

Oct 6

Innovative Small Business Grants

NIFA Announces $8.3 Million in Available Funding to Support Innovative Small Businesses 

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced more than $8.3 million in available funding to support small businesses in the creation of advanced research and development projects that will lead to innovative solutions for American agriculture. This funding is available through the Small Business Innovation Research program, administered by NIFA. 

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Livestock Guardian Dog Program Accepting Applications
Jun 17

Livestock Guardian Dog Program Accepting Applications

New opportunity for poultry farmers. Apply to receive a Livestock Guardian Dog (LGD) puppy & training! This year FACT is partnering with a current Fund-a-Farmer grant recipient to place four LGD puppies with poultry farmers who raise their birds humanely (one of seven certifications is required). Selected farmers will receive a LGD puppy and attend a free weekend training session this summer in Wisconsin, along with additional educational resources and expert technical assistance. Limited funds for travel are available. Check out the LGD Project webpage for the complete details

Jul 1

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants

Deadline: Paper Application:  July 1, 2016

USDA is now accepting applications for its Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG). The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program.  

Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 for planning grants; $250,000 for working capital grants

Matching Funds Requirements: 50% of total project costs

For additional details and an application:

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Jun 1

New Connections Grants

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to award New Connections Grants through Healthy Eating Research

  • These grants are to support policy-relevant research of early-career investigators from backgrounds that are underrepresented in research disciplines supported by RWJF or historically disadvantaged. For the purpose of this CFP, only new investigators, defined as individuals who received their doctorate or terminal degree within 10 years prior to the award date for the grant (after December 1, 2006) are eligible to apply.
  • Up to two RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each. 
  • Deadline for receipt of concept papers: June 1, 2016 (3 p.m. ET).

More details and how to apply

Aug 3

Healthy Eating Research "Round 10" Grants

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF's efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

Round 10 Grants

  • The Round 10 grants represent the majority of RWJF's investment in research through this program.
  • Approximately $2.4 million will be awarded through Round 10. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months. 
  • There are two deadlines for receipt of concept papers: May 11, 2016 and August 3, 2016 (both by 3 p.m. ET). 

More details and how to apply

May 12

Local Food Promotion Program Grant

Funding is available for the fiscal year 2016 Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making over $26 million in grant funding available to strengthen local and regional food systems through the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, and hosting a series of webinars to help farmers markets, producers groups, and other potential applicants with the grant process.

Administered by AMS, the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program provides a combined total of over $26 million in competitive grants, divided equally between the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP).  FMPP grants support direct producer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.  LFPP funding supports projects that develop, improve, and expand local and regional food business intermediary supply chain activities, including processing, distribution, aggregation, and storage of locally- or regionally-produced food products.

Jul 6

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is making more than $62 million in grant funding available to support specialty crop producers through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). SCBGP grants are allocated to U.S. states and territories for projects that help support specialty crop growers, including locally grown fruits and vegetables, through research and other programs to increase demand.

Those interested in applying should do so directly through their state departments of agriculture, which administer a competitive grant process. A listing of the SCBGP’s state contacts, and how to apply with state application due dates, can be found at  State departments of agriculture must submit their applications to AMS by July 6, 2016.

Mar 18

Funding Available for Education and Ag in the Classroom

USDA Announces Funding Available to Support Education and Ag in the Classroom Projects, Programs

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture today announced more than $850,000 in available funding to support the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom (SPECA) Challenge Grants Program. These grants will help ensure that a competent and qualified workforce will exist to serve the food, agricultural, natural resource, and human (FANH) sciences system.

The purpose of NIFA’s SPECA Challenge Grants Program is to address educational needs, as determined by each institution, within a broadly defined arena of food and agricultural sciences-related disciplines.

The goals of this program are to enhance the quality of K-12 instruction in order to help meet current and future FANH sciences workplace needs and to increase the numbers and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2- or 4-year degree in the FANH sciences. These projects should encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to work collectively to identify and address a state or regional challenge or opportunity facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community.

Applications are due March 18.  Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.

Since 2009, NIFA has invested in and advanced innovative and transformative initiatives to solve societal challenges and ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs, supporting the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel, have resulted user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that are combating childhood obesity, improving and sustaining rural economic growth, addressing water availability issues, increasing food production, finding new sources of energy, mitigating climate variability, and ensuring food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

Apr 15

Organic Transitions Program Grant

USDA Announces $3.8 Million Available to Help Producers Transition to Organic Farming

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $3.8 million to support research, education, and extension projects that will assist current organic producers and those transitioning into organic farming. The funding is available through the Organic Transitions Program, administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). View this release online.

Feb 8

OFRF Accepting Grant Proposals for Organic Farming and Food Systems

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying. To submit a proposal, visit

Nov 12

SeedMoney Garden Grants

This fall, SeedMoney is awarding 125 grants of $400 to worthy food garden projects and your project could be one of them. Register at the site and click on "START Project" to begin building your project page. 

Choose pictures and write texts that show and tell how amazing your garden project is and why deserves support.  --VERY IMPORTANT: BE SURE TO FILL OUT ALL FIELDS MARKED WITH AN * TO BE CONSIDERED FOR A GRANT -- Submit your project as soon as you can to avoid any last minute problems but no later than 11:59pm on November 12th. Once you've submitted, let people from your circle of friends and contacts (your "crowd") know that you're going to be competing for a crowdgrant starting November 15th and to be ready to act when the contest goes live.  SeedMoney gives you hints about how to prepare you project page and supporters for a successful campaign.

All project pages will go live between noon and 1pm Eastern time on November 15th. Email and post your project page link to your contacts and ask for donations. Let them know that you're competing for a $400 challenge grant and that you need their support. The first 75 projects to raise $400 will be awarded $400 challenge grants from SeedMoney.

Nov 3

Fund-a-Farmer Grants

Call for Applications!

The Fund-a-Farmer Project provides grants to qualifying humane farmers who need assistance in improving the welfare of their farm animals. Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded for projects that help farms transition to and/or improve pasture-based systems. FACT funds working, independent family farmers that raise pigs, broiler chickens, laying hens, dairy cows, turkeys and/or beef cattle. Applications must be submitted online by November 3, 2015 for grants awarded in March 2016. View eligibility criteria & guidelines, and apply online.

Interested in learning more? Sign up for our free online information session, which will cover grant eligibility criteria, the required application materials, and how to apply. You can register online for our October 21st session, which runs from 4-5pm EST, requires a phone or computer to participate, and will allow time for a Q&A. Register now!

Nov 30

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program

The 2016 USDA Community Food Projects Grant Program RFA has been released! Applications are due Monday, November 30, 2015 at 5 pm EST.

In collaboration with their partners, the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project is providing free one-on-one technical assistance and resources to organizations interested in applying for the Community Food Projects Grant Program through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. 

According to NIFA, Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems.

For more information and to apply for technical assistance, please visit the website to view resources or past webinars or fill out the request for assistance form.

Dec 15

USDA Grants Available to Incentivize SNAP Produce Purchases

The USDA has announced the availability of $16.8 million through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives (FINI) Grant program to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 5 pm ET. Apply here.…/defau…/files/14_Crop%20Protection.pdf

Nov 13

SARE Producer Grant Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2015 Producer Grants, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region, is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program.

Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project.

Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm; buy livestock, equipment, or land; make permanent farm improvements, or support private enterprises through capital investments.  Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue.

Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2016.

For detailed information on how to apply for a Producer Grant, download the current Producer Grant Call for Proposals.

Sep 15

Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance

Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program.

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.

Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. We encourage applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties.

For more information and a link to the application, visit

Jul 30

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Provide Development Support to Rural Cooperatives

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. USDA is making the grants available to non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education through the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program.

USDA's Rural Cooperative Development Grant program improves economic conditions in rural areas by helping individuals and businesses start, expand or improve the operations of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through cooperative development centers. Other eligible grant activities may include conducting feasibility studies and creating business plans.

Jul 20

“Seeds of Native Health” Promising Program Grant Opportunity

Seeds of Native Health is a comprehensive, national campaign to improve Native American nutrition through capacity building, education and research, supported by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC). The campaign builds on localized efforts to solve the problems of Indian nutrition and hopes to raise awareness, spread knowledge, create capacity for change, and develop additional solutions on a broader scale.

The application deadline is July 20, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. MDT. All applications must be submitted through NB3F’s online system. NB3F plans to award grants up to $40,000 each to support projects that strategically target childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through healthy nutrition programs.  Additional information including eligibility criteria, the full Request for Proposal (RFP) and the link to the online application can be found on NB3F’s Promising Program Grant page.

Applications will be accepted from throughout the United States. However, preference will be given to applicants located in the following areas: Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota.