Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Apr
24
to Jul 31

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Helping farmers and ranchers share the costs of addressing natural resource concerns

In addition to providing food and fiber, farmers and ranchers are important managers of our natural resources. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides farmers and ranchers with financial cost-share and technical assistance to implement conservation practices on working agricultural land. EQIP assistance is available through a general pool and also through special initiatives, which highlight specific practices or natural resources, such as the Organic Initiative, which provides separate funding pools for transitioning and certified organic producers.

  • Deadline - Signup dates vary from state to state. Most states have opened their initial EQIP signup periods, and have to give at least 30 days notice before a deadline.

  • Click here to learn more: NSAC EQIP Grassroots Guide 

  • In development - additional guidance and materials on the EQIP Advance Payment option - a 2018 Farm Bill win - to help growers understand new options available to them.

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Jul
4
to Aug 16

OFRF Grant Applications for 2020

July 1, 2019—OFRF is pleased to announce the Fall 2019 Request for Letters of Intent is now open for 2020 grant funding. The program is open to all applicants residing and conducting research in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The deadline to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) is Friday, August 16, 2019.Successful applicants will be notified in fall 2019 and invited to submit a full proposal.

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Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network
Jul
11
to Jul 25

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) — A new program open to organizations to assist farmers and ranchers in times of stress. RFA here and more details coming soon! Deadline: July 25

The purpose of the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) Program is to establish a network that connects individuals who are engaged in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations to stress assistance programs. The establishment of a network that assists farmers and ranchers in time of stress can offer a conduit to improving behavioral health awareness, literacy, and outcomes for agricultural producers, workers and their families.

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Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program
Jul
11
to Aug 23

Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program

Conservation Reserve Program — Transition Incentives Program (CRP TIP) offers a special incentive of two years of extra CRP rental payments to owners of land that is currently enrolled in CRP but returning to production, who rent or sell their land to beginning, socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers or ranchers who will use sustainable practices. NSAC’s program description here. Spread the word! Additional program and sign-up details outlined in our recent blog post. Sign-up deadline: August 23.

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Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO)
Jul
11
to Sep 1

Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO)

Farmers Advocating For Organic (FAFO) is a grant program funded entirely by voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. It’s the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic.

FAFO awards grants of $5,000-$50,000 to research, education, and advocacy projects that protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers.

For more information about the application criteria and process, refer to this overview packet. The application deadline for the current grant cycle is September 1. 

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Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)
May
3
to Jun 18

Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP)

The program provides grants on a competitive basis for a wide spectrum of direct-to consumer and local food marketing projects, and is administered as two subprograms: the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). Both subprograms provide Capacity and Technical Assistance grants, as well as planning and implementation grants for food enterprises and producers who wish to expand their access to local food markets.

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May
3
to Jun 10

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

Created in the 2014 Farm Bill (and subsequently renamed in the 2018 Farm Bill), the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentives Program (GusNIP) is a competitive grant program that supports projects that increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Eligible projects must provide cash incentives at the point of purchase. Eligible entities include government agencies and non-profit organizations including agricultural cooperatives, farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs (CSAs), SNAP-authorized retailers, emergency feeding organizations, community health organizations, and economic development corporations.

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Apr
26
to Jun 3

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) has existed since 1996 as a program to fight food insecurity through developing community food projects that help promote the self-sufficiency of low-income communities. Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs.

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Apr
24
to May 16

Organic Transitions Program (ORG)

ORG is an integrated research, education, and extension competitive grants program supporting research projects that address research challenges associated with the transition to organic agriculture. These projects provide education to farmers who are newly adopting organic practices, helping transitioning producers better understand the economic and environmental benefits of organic production.

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Apr
24
to May 2

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

Family farmers, researchers, and advocates like the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) helped to achieve historic victories for the organic and research communities in the 2018 Farm Bill. Of particular significance was the establishment of permanent, mandatory funding for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) over the next five years. This funding increase will bolster long-term research for organic systems, and lead to the development of new tools and practices that can help organic farmers be more competitive in a changing global market.

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Apr
24
to Jun 4

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agriculture Systems (AFRI SAS)

Applications to the FY 2019 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system within the next 25 years. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed must result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. See AFRI SAS RFA for details.


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Sustainable Agriculture Systems (AFRI SAS)

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Apr
24
to May 10

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Sign-up is open for farmers and ranchers to begin the CSP application process! NOTE: This is a quicker than usual turnaround for farmers to sign up!

The initial process to apply for CSP is simple. First, before the May 10 deadline, applicants must complete and submit a short and simple application form, NRCS Form CPA 1200. This is the same, generic three-page form that is used for all NRCS conservation programs that offer financial assistance to farms and ranchers, and it is available online or at your local NRCS office. It is fairly quick and easy to fill out, though take special note of the second point below, as it has been a barrier for some producers in the past. Check out the NSAC blog for more details: http://sustainableagriculture.net/blog/csp-2019/

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Apr
24
to Jun 6

Food Safety Outreach Program (FSOP)

The Food Safety Outreach Program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program. The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from those in local communities to include those from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local groups.

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Apr
15
to May 16

Grants for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is a competitive grants program that provides funding for educational, training, and technical assistance programs to assist beginning farmers and ranchers across the United States and U.S. territories. For over a decade, this program has helped aspiring producers to launch careers in agriculture, and beginning producers to maintain and grow successful farm and ranch enterprises.

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Mar
27
to Apr 1

Wendell Berry 2-Year Farming Program [KY]

Applications for the Wendell Berry Farming Program of Sterling College, in Henry County, KY, are being accepted through April 1. This no- tuition, hands-on, undergraduate, sustainable agriculture degree program is open to students who will have earned 60 college credits by Aug. 25, 2019, when the program starts. Applicants must have a strong work ethic, demonstrate a commitment to sustainable farming and a desire to work to strengthen rural communities.

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Texas Young Farmer Grant Program
Mar
19
to Apr 9

Texas Young Farmer Grant Program

Texas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Texas Young Farmer Grant Program, which offers dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to young agricultural producers that are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 46, and they must be engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas, not merely maintaining an existing operation. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000 and may not be used toward capital purchases.
Applications are due by April 10, 2019.

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Grants for Livestock & Poultry Farmers – Apply today!
Oct
2
to Nov 28

Grants for Livestock & Poultry Farmers – Apply today!

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is accepting applications for three types of grants for livestock and poultry farmers who wish to attain humane certification, build capacity, or improve pasture for their animals. Funding is available for projects that improve farm animal welfare, such as building mobile housing, constructing fences, laying water lines on pasture, and much more. Family farmers located in the continental U.S. with at least one year of experience may be eligible. For more information about FACT's Fund-a-Farmer Grants and to apply online, please visit  foodanimalconcernstrust.org/grants/. Applications are due by November 28, 2018.

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Producer Grants - Call for Proposals
Sep
10
to Nov 16

Producer Grants - Call for Proposals

GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Call for Proposals for the 2019 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.

 Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. EST. Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2018.

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Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

The Southern Cover Crop Council | Mini-Grant Opportunities

The Southern Cover Crop Council is developing a web-based Cover Crop Resource Guide for the Southern Region with funding by Southern SARE.  The purpose of the Guide is to provide information for farmers so they can successfully use cover crops.  The Guide is organized by production system (row crop, vegetable, or grazing) and major physiographic region (Blackland-heavy smetic clay soils, Central Lowland Plains, Coastal Plain/Ouchaita, Delta, Great Plains, Interior Low Plateaus/Ozark Plateau, Mountains/Ridge & Valley/Piedmont, Sub-Tropics, and Tropics).  This type of organization is crucial because production practices such as cover crop species, tillage, planting dates, and termination dates vary substantially across different parts of the Southern region due to a wide variety of soils, climates and production systems.

Proposals for mini-grants are to develop information for specific production system/physiographic provinces.  NGOs are encouraged to apply. (Click on title for more details) 

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May
7
11:58 PM23:58

LFPP and FMPP Grant Opportunities

Applications for both LFPP and FMPP need to be submitted on www.grants.gov by 11:59pm EST on May 7th, 2018. You can learn more about applying for the LFPP Grant and access the RFA here. To find out more about the FMPP and to download that RFA click here. Also be sure to check out the helpful overview of the FMLFPP funding opportunity provided by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will host two informational webinars to go over the application process and requirements. The first webinar takes place on Tuesday March 27th at 2pm ET and will focus on navigating Grants.gov. The second webinar will be held the following day, March 28th at 2pm ET and focuses specifically on the application process. For more information and to register click here.

The Wallace Center, the Farmers Market Coalition, Colorado State University, and USDA AMS are teaming up to bring you an additional webinar Crafting Winning LFPP/FMPP Proposals. Dawn Thilmany and Becca Jablonski of Colorado State University will lead participants through best practices for planning and writing LFPP/FMPP proposals, emphasizing that designing an effective and impactful goal-based program is the foundation of successful grant applications. The webinar will take place on April 12th at 2:00pm EST. Click here to register for the webinar.

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Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

Regional Food Economies Fellowship Program

The Wallace Center is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for the inaugural cohort of the Regional Food Economies Fellowship Program.

Through these fellowships, The Wallace Center seeks to accelerate the work and raise the profile of professionals working with economic development stakeholders to pilot new approaches, establish new cross-sector partnerships, and build the case for regional food systems as a development priority. Fellowship applications are due April 2, 2018 by 8pm EST to RFE@winrock.org.

 

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Sep
12
to Nov 1

OFRF Request for Proposals

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) encourages all farmers and ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The request for proposals and application instructions will be available on OFRF's website at ofrf.org on September 12, 2017.

Priority areas for the upcoming request for proposals based on direct feedback from farmers and ranchers across the U.S. These priorities reflect the top areas where investment in research will make a real difference in helping organic farmers and ranchers be successful.

Research priorities include:

  1. Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
  2. Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
  3. Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
  4. Livestock health. Topics of particular interest include livestock and crop integration and best practices for grass based livestock production. 

Please refer to the 2016 National Organic Research Agenda for more information on these topics.

Sponsorships for OFRF's 2018 grant program are currently available. Your support will help bring more farmers and acreage into organic production. To learn more about how you can get involved, please contact liz@ofrf.org.

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Sep
6
to Nov 17

Southern SARE Producer Grant Call for Proposals

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. Click title to learn more.

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Mar
27
to 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.

 

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Mar
8
to 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.

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Two Grant Opportunities Available Under First Nations' Native Ag and Food Systems Initiative
Feb
15
to 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.

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Feb
7
to 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.

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Jan
31
to 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.

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Jan
31
to 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.

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Jan
31
to 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.

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Nov
14
to 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.

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Oct
1
to 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

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Sep
28
to 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

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