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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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:
- Soil health. Topics of particular interest include nutrient balancing, crop rotations, and fertility management focused on reducing environmental impacts.
- Innovative weed control. Topics of particular interest include weed control related to climate change and changing weather patterns.
- Management of emerging insect and disease issues.
- 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 email@example.com.
The Call for Proposals for the 2018 On-Farm Research Grants, intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region who regularly work with farmers/ranchers, has been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. Click title to learn more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Kellogg Foundation accepts Healthy Kids and Community/Civic Engagement grant applications throughout the year with no submission deadline. To apply online, click here.
Walmart is issuing Community Impact Grants from February 1st, to December 31st, 2016 for organizations seeking additional funding. To apply, follow this link: http://giving.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving
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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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
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/
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The FruitGuys Community Fund's 2016 grant cycle for small farms and sustainable agriculture projects is now open.
For more information, please visit: http://fruitguyscommunityfund.org
Here is the direct link to the RFP: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16gz2Q6viLZteZqvZcdw5HT6mun7Sf26981z6J6VQ_bg/formResponse
The deadline for grant applications is Monday, February 15, 2016 by midnight PST.
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.