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Permalink Environmental Education Local Grants Program

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. EPA expects to award three grants of up to $91,000 each from each of the EPA's 10 Regional Offices.
Proposals must be postmarked by March 6, 2015.

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Permalink Connecticut Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is accepting concept proposals for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Projects must impact and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or the public. Commodity groups, agricultural organizations, colleges and universities, municipalities, state agencies, and agricultural nonprofits are all eligible for this grant program. The maximum award is $75,000.
Concept proposals are due by March 6, 2015.

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Permalink Grants for Northeast Farmland Preservation

The 1772 Foundation has announced that grant funding will be made available for Northeast land trusts engaged in farmland protection. The purpose of this grant program is to support sustainable regional food systems through the protection of critical farmland in the New York and Boston foodsheds. Requests of up to $250,000 for farmland acquisition will be considered.
Applications are due by March 6, 2015.

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Permalink Texas Young Farmer Grant

The Texas Department of Agriculture administers the Young Farmer Grant program, which provides financial assistance in the form of 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. Grant applications will be accepted from any person who is at least 18 years of age but younger than 46 years of age at the time of grant award and engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $10,000, and the program is offered twice per year.
Applications for the spring round are due March 10, 2015.

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Permalink Texas Agricultural Water Conservation Grant

The Texas Water Development Board is accepting applications for $1.49 million in Agricultural Water Conservation Monitoring Grants. Funding is available only to confirmed groundwater conservation districts that have promulgated rules requiring metering of groundwater withdrawal. Funding shall only be used to offset not more than half the cost of each metering device.
Applications are due by March 11, 2015.

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Permalink Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals for matching grants of up to $250,000 to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including but not limited to enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices. Awards are available only to Water Research Institutes or Centers. However, any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for an award through a Water Research Institute or Center.
Applications are due by March 12, 2015.

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Permalink Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), administered by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers, including workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States. Eligible applicants are collaborative, state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, including state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; colleges or universities (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate organization providing services to beginning farmers and ranchers.
Applications are due March 13, 2015.

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Permalink Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants

The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is offering grants of up to $1,000 each to support agriculture education programs that impact students or adults and help develop an understanding of agriculture and the agriculture industry. Agriculture in the Classroom Local Support Grants are designed to initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy through education and outreach. Grants can be used for to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, fieldtrips, and other projects. Applying organization must have agriculture education and/or agriculture literacy as part of their mission or purpose.
Applications are due by March 15, 2015.

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Permalink Missouri Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is now accepting proposals for funding through the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Individuals, community organizations and research institutions working to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Missouri may apply.
Concept paper applications must be submitted by March 16, 2015.

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Permalink Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will award two types of Community Food Projects grants in FY 2015: Community Food Projects (CFP) and Planning Projects (PP). CFP grants will support the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Planning Project grants are designed to assess food security needs and plan long-term solutions to help ensure food security in communities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $9 million. Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities are eligible to apply.
Applications are due by March 17, 2015.

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Permalink Texas Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. TDA encourages organizations to develop projects to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the industry: Food Safety; Marketing; Nutrition; Plant Health; and Value Added/Industry Development. Responses will only be accepted from producer, industry, or community-based organizations involved with, or that promote, specialty crops.
Submissions are due by March 24, 2015.

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Permalink Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is requesting applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions (ORG) for fiscal year 2015. This program supports projects designed to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities in program areas. Approximately $4 million in funding is available to colleges and universities under this program.
A letter of intent to apply is due by March 26, 2015; full applications are due April 16, 2015.

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Permalink Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is accepting proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The grants, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, enhance the competitiveness of the state's specialty crops. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local, state, and federal government entities and for-profit organizations. Applications should demonstrate how the project will potentially produce measurable impacts for the specialty crop industry as a whole; and not-for-benefit to a specific product, single organization, institution, or individual.
Grant proposals must be received by March 26, 2015.

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Permalink North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting proposals from nonprofits and government agencies for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. The department will accept grant requests ranging from $20,000 to $200,000 from nonprofit organizations, commodity associations, state and local government agencies, colleges and universities.
The application deadline is March 27, 2015.

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Permalink Idaho Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Applications are currently being accepted by the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, for projects that enhance the competitiveness of U.S.-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Funds will be available to interested local, state and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities. Projects may include pest and disease control, enhancing food safety, developing new and improved seed varieties, increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops, market development, or developing good agricultural, handling, or manufacturing practices.
Applications are due March 27, 2015.

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Permalink Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Graduate Student Summer Mini-Grant Program

The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) invites graduate student applications for our 2015 summer mini-grant program, which is made possible through a generous donation from the Single Step Foundation. These awards will provide up to $2,000 for graduate student research to be completed by August 30. The 2015 priority areas are perennial agriculture; climate change, agriculture, and food systems; and local and regional food systems. Special priority will be given to projects that utilize the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trials (WICST) research plots and data.
Applications are due by March 30, 2015.

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Permalink MOFGA Organic Farmer Loan Fund

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Organic Farmer Loan Fund is intended particularly to help organic farmers working on establishing a credit history for their farms. Loans, generally in amounts of $5,000 to $20,000, may be used for working capital or farm equipment, and will be available to MOFGA-certified organic farmers; farmers transitioning to organic production; and current participants and graduates of MOFGA’s Journeyperson Program.
Applications are due by March 31, 2015.

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Permalink Rhode Island Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announces that $150,000 in farm viability grant funding is available for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000 with no direct match required. Funds may be used for research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health, product development, education, "buy local" initiatives, and for programs that provide for increased consumption and innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, and development of cooperatives.
Grant applications must be submitted by March 31, 2015.

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Permalink Wisconsin Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting applications for the 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. Grants are awarded to projects intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education or market development. Non-profits, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural organizations are encouraged to apply. Typical projects are awarded between $10,000 and $150,000.
Applications are due by March 31, 2015.

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Permalink Arizona Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Arizona Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. State and/or local organizations, producer associations, academia, community based organizations, and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply.
Applications are due April 1, 2015.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Security Challenge Area

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has issued a request for applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security Challenge Area. AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The amount anticipated to be available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $16.8 million. Eligible applicants for research grants include institutions of higher education, private organizations or corporations, and individuals.
A letter of intent to apply is due by April 2, 2015.

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Permalink AFRI Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area Program for FY 2015. The goal of this program is to support research to facilitate the adaptation of agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies in those systems. Applications are sought in three priority areas: 1) Climate and Microbial Processes in Agroecosystems; 2) Climate Resilient Land Use for Agriculture and Forestry; or 3) Synthesis and Assessment of USDA NIFA’s Climate Investment. Approximately $5 million is available in this program for FY 2015.
A letter of intent to apply is due by April 2, 2015; full applications are due by June 4, 2015.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Professional Development Program

North Central Region SARE’s Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. Projects can be up to three years in duration, and funding level is capped at $75,000. Up to $450,000 of the total pool of funds is available for projects focused on cover crops and soil health.
The deadline for proposals is April 2, 2015.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. NIFA anticipates $30 million will be available to support the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area program designed to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. In FY 2015 approximately $9 million will be available in support of new awards for this program. Eligibility is linked to the project type.
A letter of intent to apply is due by April 9, 2015.

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Permalink Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program

This program, known as the "2501 Program," assists socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Specifically, this program assists eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. The total funding potentially available for this competitive opportunity is $9.1 million, with a maximum grant of $400,000.
Proposals must be received by April 13, 2015.

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Permalink North Dakota Specialty Crop Grants

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is now accepting applications for 2015 Specialty Crop Grants. Projects that promote the production, processing, and use of specialty crops in North Dakota are eligible for these grants. Organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to submit proposals on their own or in partnerships.
Applications must be submitted by April 30, 2015.

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Permalink Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Graduate Student Grant

The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has released its 2015 Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Grants. Research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region are eligible for submission. The maximum grant is $11,000 for up to three years work on the student's project. The Southern SARE program will only consider proposals submitted, and to be conducted, by graduate students (Master’s and PhD) enrolled at an accredited college or university in the Southern region, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Proposal submission deadline is May 4, 2015.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Foundational Program

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is requesting applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program for FY 2015. These priority areas are plant health and production and plant products; animal health and production and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities. The amount available for support of new projects in FY 2015 is approximately $116 million.
Application deadlines vary by program area from March 31 through June 24; some program areas require submission of a letter of intent to apply.

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Permalink The Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation funds 501(c)(3) not-for-profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of Community Education Programs, Arts-In-Education Programs, and Agricultural and Environmental Programs. Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to a maximum of $10,000. The Foundation Board meets three times a year on an as-needed basis.

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Permalink New York State Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program

Empire State Development (ESD) has up to $ 2 million of funding available for the State's Craft Beverage Marketing and Promotion Grant Program. The program will increase the profile, awareness, and sales of New York State-produced wine, beer, spirits, and hard cider by providing matching funds for the marketing and promotion of these craft beverages. Not-for-profit corporations can apply for matching grants of up to $5,000 for qualifying marketing and promotional activities.
Applications will be received and reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis until all funding is awarded or the program period ends.

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