SARE Producer Grant Call for Proposals
Sep
3
to Nov 15

SARE Producer Grant Call for Proposals

Recognizing the value and importance of on-the-farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges, the SSARE Producer Grant Program was established in 1994 to give farmers the opportunity to conduct their own research projects.  The competitive research grants program is intended to help farmers and ranchers develop sustainable production and marketing practices. Both individual farmers and ranchers, and farmer groups, like cooperatives, are invited to submit a Producer Grant application. The goal of the grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct projects to solve challenges and problems they face and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same problems can benefit from the results of the funded project.

https://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Grant-Programs/Producer-Grants

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SARE On-Farm Research Grant Call for Proposals
Sep
3
to Dec 6

SARE On-Farm Research Grant Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for SARE’s On-Farm Research Grant is now open. Application deadline is Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST.

Similar in scope and focus to the Producer Grants, On-Farm Research Grants are one of SSARE’s “small” grants programs, offering $15,000 for up to a 2-year project for Extension agents, university researchers, NGOs, and government personnel (like NRCS or USDA-ARS) who currently work with farmers and conduct on-farm research with at least one farmer/rancher cooperator. Emphasizing relationship-building between researcher and farmer, this grant has no preproposal requirements, nor are applicants asked to demonstrate specific outcomes in an intensive way. Proposals are easy to write and straightforward to manage, with simple reporting requirements.

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SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects
Sep
4
to Nov 12

SeedMoney Grants for Garden Projects

SeedMoney is offering 255 grants on a sliding scale this fall to food garden/urban farm/community farm projects across the country and around the world. They expect 400-500 applicants which means that the chances of winning a grant are quite good. 

They offer "crowdgrants" which means that participating projects win our grants by mobilizing their crowd to make small donations via online fundraising pages that SeedMoney helps them set up. The average amount raised per project historically has been roughly $800 (our grant + crowdfunds raised), but they've had projects raise as much as $15,000. For many school and community garden projects, running a SeedMoney campaign is the only fundraising they need to do for the whole year.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm EDT on November 12, but they encourage early applications to beat the rush. To learn more and apply, see:  https://seedmoney.org/apply/  

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Get Schools Cooking Grant
Sep
13
to Oct 28

Get Schools Cooking Grant

Get Schools Cooking (GSC) is an intensive 3-year assessment and strategic planning program that provides schools with the operational knowledge to transition from a heat & serve to scratch cook operational model. (Program previously known as the School Food Support Initiative.)

Each district should submit an application that includes detailed information such as meal counts and purchasing records. After reviewing applications, the Chef Ann Foundation will interview a select group of candidates to assess their readiness and ability to participate in the program. Program participants will be chosen from this group of applicants. For questions regarding Get Schools Cooking, please contact info@chefannfoundation.org.

http://www.chefannfoundation.org/programs-and-grants/get-schools-cooking/

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FACT Pasture Improvement Grants
Oct
2
to Dec 2

FACT Pasture Improvement Grants

Does your project help you transition to a pasture-based system, improve the quality of your pasture, and/or expand your animals’ access to well-managed pasture? 

Learn more here.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects to help farms transition to pasture-based systems, expand animals’ access to well-managed pasture, and improve the quality of pasture. The online application deadline is 5pm CST on December 2, 2019

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FACT Capacity Building Grants
Oct
2
to Dec 2

FACT Capacity Building Grants

Are you already Certified Animal Welfare Approved (AWA), Certified Humane, or Global Animal Partnership (GAP) Animal Welfare Certified (steps 4-5+)? If so, grants of up to $2,500 are available for individual farmers, and up to $5,000 for joint applications, for projects that would build your farm's capacity, financial viability and/or the market for your animal welfare-certified products.

Learn more here: https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/capacity-building-grants

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FACT Animal Welfare Certification Grants
Oct
2
to Dec 2

FACT Animal Welfare Certification Grants

Grants of up to $2,500 are available for projects to help you meet a specific standard and become Certified Animal Welfare Approved, Certified Humane, or GAP Animal Welfare Certified.

Applications must be submitted online by 5pm CST on December 2, 2019. Funding for FACT's Animal Welfare Certification Grants has been made possible by generous support from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Learn more here: https://foodanimalconcernstrust.org/capacity-building-grants

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Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant
Sep
13
to Oct 15

Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant

The Bee Grant program allows for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational honey bee hives, so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system. 

All equipment grants include a small monetary grant of $300 to cover the first year of expenses. Grant recipients also receive remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project.

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/honey-bee-hive-grant

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Whole Kids Garden Grant
Sep
13
to Oct 15

Whole Kids Garden Grant

Kids who grow veggies, eat veggies, so school gardens can make a big difference. Through our Garden Grant program, schools and non-profit organizations turn outdoor spaces into powerful hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity and support classroom curriculum.

https://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/programs/school-gardens-grant

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Native American Agriculture Fund Grant
Sep
13
to Sep 30

Native American Agriculture Fund Grant

2019 Request for Applications (RFA) for funding through the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF). NAAF’s mission, as a private charitable trust created for educational and charitable purposes, is to support Native American farmers and ranchers and promote their continued engagement in agriculture.

NAAF was created after conclusion of the lengthy Keepseagle v. Vilsack litigation and was designed for the purpose of addressing four areas important to the success of Native farmers and ranchers:  business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy.

NAAF is allowed to fund four types of eligible entities: 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, CDFIs or Native CDFIs, and Tribal governments (state or federally-recognized) or instrumentalities of those governments. 

https://nativeamericanagriculturefund.org/grants/

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AHA Teaching Gardens Network Grant
Sep
13
to Oct 11

AHA Teaching Gardens Network Grant

The American Heart Association Teaching Gardens Network Grant program is now open and accepting applications to support school gardens for the 2019-2020 school year! 

The Teaching Gardens Network Grants are made possible by the ongoing commitment of Kelly Meyer, founder of OneSun Fund, and Gail Becker, CEO of Caulipower, who are both dedicated to educating children about nutrition, while appreciating the benefit of eating healthy. 

The American Heart Association is seeking schools and educational facilities that are working to connect children to the garden, supporting health, nutrition, and environmental stewardship. Through this grant program, we hope to build strong communities who commit to growing healthy kids. Program elements include building, growing and maintaining a garden, providing a hands-on learning experience, and teaching students about healthy eating and gardening via an interactive cross-curricular, standards-based gardening and nutrition education curriculum.

https://www.heart.org/en/professional/educator/teaching-gardens/teaching-gardens-grant

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Gro More Good Garden Grants
Sep
13
to Oct 11

Gro More Good Garden Grants

National Head Start Association and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation are joining forces to address this critical issue facing young children. Through the Gro More Good Garden Grants initiative, we will work with Head Start programs across the country to teach children, families, and communities how to grow their own fresh produce—for life. 

Our multi-year initiative will make garden grants, garden kits, educational curriculum, and garden training available to all Head Start programs with the goal of creating more edible gardens for young children and their families.

https://www.nhsa.org/our-work/initiative/gro-more-good-garden-grants

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Green Thumb Challenge Grant
Sep
13
to Sep 30

Green Thumb Challenge Grant

GEF and Gardener’s Supply Company have teamed up on an exciting funding opportunity for established youth garden projects nationwide! The organizations are calling on schools and youth groups to submit chronicles of their garden projects in a race to win a $500 prize. The award is designed to support the continued sustainability of an exceptional youth garden program that has demonstrated success, and has impacted the lives of kids and their community.

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/greenthumbchallengesub/green-thumb-challenge-winners.html

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Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants
Sep
13
to Oct 1

Samull Classroom Herb Garden Grants

As a recipient from the estate of Donald Samull, The Herb Society of America established an herb garden grant for elementary school classes grades 3 through 6. These grants ensure that the use of herbs in teaching elementary school students will continue for years to come, a tradition Mr. Samull — an elementary school teacher — used in his classroom to engage and inspire his 3rd–6th grade students.

https://www.herbsociety.org/explore/grants-scholarships/

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Professional Development Program Grants
Jul
24
to Aug 30

Professional Development Program Grants

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 to submit a Pre-proposal is August 30, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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