Grants

Welcome to the Grants page. To find out more about a particular listing, just click on the Grant title. The event "date" usually refers to the deadline date. Please feel free to submit your items for posting consideration to info@ssawg.org.

Oct
1
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
14
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.

Find a local office here.

Sep
28
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: srmec.uark.edu/apply

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

Jul
18
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. 

Click on post title to learn more.

Livestock Guardian Dog Program Accepting Applications
Jun
6
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

May
11
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:  http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

Find additional grants and loans using ASAP’s Grants and Loans directory: http://asapconnections.org/category/grants-and-loans/

Mar
10
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

Mar
10
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

Mar
10
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.

https://www.ams.usda.gov/content/usda-offers-webinars-local-food-systems-grant-applicants-26-million-now-available-grant

Mar
10
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 www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/scbgp.  State departments of agriculture must submit their applications to AMS by July 6, 2016.

Feb
12
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 www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates, or follow us on Twitter @usda_NIFA, #NIFAimpacts.

Jan
19
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.

Nov
20
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 OFRF.org.

Nov
3
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.  

https://www.seedmoney.org/en/2015-garden-grants

Oct
20
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!

Oct
20
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.

Oct
15
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. http://nifa.usda.gov/…/defau…/files/14_Crop%20Protection.pdf

Sep
3
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.

Jul
31
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 http://www2.epa.gov/smart-growth/local-foods-local-places.

Jun
23
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.

http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/06/0172.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action=retrievecontent

Jun
15
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.

Jun
1
Jun 15

Farm to School Mini-grants [KY, LA, PA]

Do you want to introduce more fresh, local food to schools in your community? Are there farmers in your region who would benefit from selling their products to schools? Could a school garden enhance your curriculum? The National Farm to School Network wants to hear from you!

Click the listing title to learn how to apply for a farm to school mini grant today!

May
14
Jul 2

USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant applications are now available.

Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply for this program. Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses and some inventory and salary expenses.

Applications are due on July 2, 2015. Contact your state Rural Development Office for more information, or visit:

http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants.

Apr
10
May 15

USDA AMS Grant: Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The FSMIP provides $1 million in matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State colleges and universities, and other appropriate State agencies. Funds will support research projects that address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products domestically and internationally.

Grant applications for FSMIP must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 14, 2015.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FSMIP

Apr
10
Apr 17

USDA AMS Grant: Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Over $63.2 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) grants are allocated to U.S. States and Territories based on a formula that considers both specialty crop acreage and production value. Interested applicants should apply directly through their State Department of Agriculture. A listing of State contacts and application due dates can be found at: LEARN MORE ABOUT SCBGP

Apr
10
May 15

USDA AMS Grant: Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program

The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program provides a combined total of $26.6 million divided equally between its two grant programs. The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides $13.3 million to support projects for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) offers $13.3 million in funds for projects that support intermediary supply chain activities for businesses that process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally- or regionally-produced food products.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through www.Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 14, 2015.

LEARN MORE ABOUT FMPP

LEARN MORE ABOUT LFPP 

 

AMS Technical Assistance Grant Workshops

AMS and National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announce a partnership through the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance (AMSTA) Project to conduct workshops that will help potential grant applicants understand, develop, and submit their Federal grant applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. Some of the workshop sessions will be recorded and made available for online viewing for those who are unable to attend in person.

Here is a list of upcoming grant workshop dates and locations.

Mar
31
Jun 1

Southern SARE Releases Research & Education Grants Calls for Proposals

The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its Calls for Proposals for the 2015 Research & Education Grants program.

The organization is accepting pre-proposals for projects that focus on sustainable agriculture based on a systems approach to research that aims to understand how complex systems function as a whole, often beginning with a conceptual model.

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Mar
31
May 4

Southern SARE Grant Call for Local and Regional Food Systems

A special grant call to fund research on local and regional food systems across the Southern region is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program and the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC).

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Mar
31
Jun 4

Grant Opportunity: Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change

USDA-NIFA-AFRI Grant Opportunity

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants applications that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Climate Variability and Change RFA for details).

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274626

Mar
31
May 18

Grant Opportunity: Food Safety

USDA-NIFA-AFRI Grant Opportunity

This AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths by improving the safety of the food supply, which will result in reduced impacts on public health and on our economy. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support single-function Research Projects and multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Food Safety RFA for details).

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274625