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Permalink Oregon Farm to School Non-Competitive Oregon Grown or Processed Food Grant

The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden grant enables all Oregon school districts to be reimbursed for purchasing Oregon grown or Oregon processed food items for school years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. This non-competitive grant is available to Oregon schools. A mandatory training session will be offered in August via webinar.
The deadline to sign up is September 11, 2015.

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Permalink CHS Classroom Grant

Five CHS/National Agriculture in the Classroom grants of $1,500 will be awarded to kindergarten through 12th grade core-education teachers whose innovative classroom projects use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, nutrition, science, and/or social studies. The CHS Classroom Grant Program is designed to fund projects that will educate K-12 students about the importance of agriculture and allow teachers to use agricultural concepts to teach core subject areas. Those who receive one of the five grants will be required to use at least two lesson plans from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix or two lesson plans from a state Agriculture in the Classroom program. In addition, grant proposals must demonstrate how local farmers, ranchers, or agriculture industry representatives will be involved in the project.
The deadline for grant proposals is September 15, 2015.

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Permalink North Dakota Honeybee Research Grant Program

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) is seeking grant proposals for research devoted to finding practical solutions to honey bee health problems. Up to $75,000 will be made available during this grant process.
Proposals must be received by September 15, 2015.

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Permalink North Dakota Grape, Wine, and Fruit Promotion Fund

The mission of the Grape, Wine and Fruit Promotion Fund is to provide research and promotion in support of the grape and wine industry in North Dakota. The Grape and Wine Advisory Committee is accepting proposals for grant funding totalling $64,000 to support grape and wine research projects in North Dakota and approximately $16,000 to promote and market the grape and wine industry in North Dakota.
Applications are due by September 15, 2015.

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Permalink Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them. Together, EPA, USDA, CDC, DOT, ARC, and DRA are investing $800,000 in this round of Local Foods, Local Places.
Application deadline is September 15, 2015.

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Permalink Wisconsin Small Farm Anaerobic Digester Program

The Small Farm Anaerobic Digester Program is offering incentives for cost-effective anaerobic digester systems to be installed and operational at small to mid-sized farms. These funds will be available through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process. The Project's incentive amount is determined based on the estimated first year net energy production (or offset) of the system. Applicants must propose a $/kWh and/or $/Therm amount, up to $0.50/kWh and $1.00/Therm. Incentives may not exceed 50% of project cost.
Proposals must be submitted by September 25, 2015.

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Permalink Ceres Trust Organic Research Initiative

Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, offers a competitive Organic Research Initiative program that provides grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to three years to universities and other nonprofit applicants in the North Central Region. Ceres Trust wishes to fund research that will deepen our knowledge of how the natural systems that sustain life on earth function, and research that will apply that knowledge to delineate farming methods that protect and work in concert with nature to create truly sustainable and resilient farming systems. Examples of priority research areas are listed online.
Applications are due by September 25, 2015.

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Permalink Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Agricultural Watershed Management Implementation

EPA is soliciting applications for grants and/or cooperative agreements to be awarded as part of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. EPA expects to provide approximately $3 million for six to eight projects to reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution to the Great Lakes. The maximum amount of federal funds that will be awarded for any project in this category is $500,000. Projects submitted in this category must be projects implementing agricultural best management practices or management measures from watershed-based plans designed to address documented nonpoint source-related water quality problems and to help prevent future agricultural nonpoint source water quality-related problems.
Applications are due September 28, 2015.

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Permalink Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs, and increase economic opportunities in rural communities through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Funding to support $14.190 million in loans and $2.086 million in grants is currently available. RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs.
Applications must be received on the last day prior to the beginning of each Federal fiscal quarter to be considered for funding in that quarter.

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Permalink Minnesota Rural Finance Authority Avian Influenza Low-Interest Loans

Minnesota poultry farmers who have suffered losses due to highly pathogenic avian influenza are eligible for disaster loans through the Minnesota Rural Finance Authority (RFA). The RFA has been appropriated $10 million to help producers replace commercial poultry flocks or game (backyard) flocks, make building improvements, and cover the loss of revenue. The RFA Disaster Loan Program is available to farmers through their existing agricultural lenders. The current loan interest rate is 0% for up to a period of 10 years. The RFA participation is limited to 45% of the principal amount up to a maximum of $200,000.

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Permalink Organic Certification Cost Share

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that approximately $11.9 million in organic certification assistance is available through state departments of agriculture to make organic certification more affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. Through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program, $11 million is available to organic farms and businesses nationwide. Through the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost Share Program (AMA), an additional $900,000 is available to organic producers (crop and livestock operators only) in Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. To receive cost share assistance, certified organic producers and handlers should contact their appropriate state agencies via the contact information on the National Organic Program's (NOP) cost share website.
Funds are available through September 30, 2015.

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Permalink Farm Service Agency Direct Farm Ownership Loan Program

Through the FSA direct farm ownership program, eligible farmers and ranchers can borrow up to $300,000 to buy farmland, construct or repair buildings, pay closing costs, or promote soil and water conservation. The interest rate can be as low as 1.5% with up to 40 years to repay. New farmers and ranchers, military veterans, and underserved farmers and ranchers also are encouraged to apply. Each year Congress targets 80% of available loan funds to beginning and targeted underserved farmers and ranchers. Contact your local FSA office to apply. To find your local FSA county office, visit https://offices.usda.gov.
Applications must be approved by September 30, 2015, to take advantage of the funding available this fiscal year.

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Permalink Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts. In an attempt to increase the number of students entering these fields, First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships annually to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to: agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. Applicants must be Native American (enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state tribe) and able to provide documentation, and must have at least a 3.0 GPA.
The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015.

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Permalink WFAN Annual Conference Scholarships

Women, Food & Agriculture Network is offering 15 annual conference scholarships to aspiring or beginning women farmers or current farmland owners in Iowa. The 2015 annual conference is November 6-7 in Davenport, Iowa. This year's theme is Women Protecting Pollinators, Protecting Food. The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Conservation Education Program of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources will reimburse up to $200 in conference-related expenses after selected applicants attend the conference and submit a brief evaluation form. Scholarships are available to women who successfully complete an application and agree to return to their communities after the conference and improve or create pollinator habitat on the land they own, manage, or farm.
Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants, as long as funding is available.

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Permalink New Jersey Gleaning Support Grants

New Jersey's State Food Purchase Program offers funds to support gleaning activities to help feed New Jersey’s hungry. A total of $100,000 in funding is available and grants may be requested from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture by interested eligible nonprofit entities who are gleaning from New Jersey farms and distributing such gleaned food to New Jersey organizations. Funds may be used for activities such as entering into agreements with farmers, transportation or refrigeration of gleaned food, innovations in distribution, and developing volunteer networks.
Applications must be received by October 1, 2015.

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Permalink South Dakota Clean Water Act Section 319 Projects

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) requests proposals for Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 319(h) funds, for projects that identify and address NPS pollution problems. Projects can be in one of three general categories: watershed, ground water, and information and education.
Applications are due by October 1, 2015.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Partnership Grants

The Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program seeks proposals from agricultural agencies, organizations, businesses, or local governments working directly with farmers to address issues that affect farming and the farm community. The purpose of the Partnership Grant program is to support agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers to do on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects that will add to understanding of sustainable agriculture. The Partnership guidelines have been expanded to incorporate proposals that used to be submitted under the Sustainable Community Grant. Proposals should address sustainability issues in the Northeast and include rigorous outreach. All projects also must link directly to at least one of the key themes in sustainable agriculture regarding the environment, profitability, or community.
Applications are due by October 6, 2015.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

This program supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors seeking to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by expanding markets. Individuals (farmers), businesses, agricultural cooperatives, or local government entities may apply for grants of $1,000 to $150,000. Grants are for equipment purchases or physical improvements, and the grant can pay for up to 25% of the total project cost. Applications that have a meat processing, Farm to School, or other institution component, or are addressing a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) or similar type of food safety plan will receive priority.
Applications are due by October 6, 2015.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to submit applications to this program for up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. USDA will support high-quality research or research and development applications containing advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunities that could lead to significant public benefit. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. A total of $9 million in funding is available.
Applications are due October 8, 2015.

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Permalink Tilth Producers of Washington Annual Conference Scholarships

Tilth Producers is pleased to provide scholarships for conference registration so that farmers may have a chance to attend the conference with no financial hardship. These scholarships are valued at $325 which includes full conference registration and a full meal package. All farmers, farm interns, and agricultural students are eligible to apply for scholarship funds. Previous Tilth Producers scholarship recipients are not eligible.
Application forms are due October 12, 2015.

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Permalink Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals (one year only), through its Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program to carry out research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects that address purposes listed in the Sustainable Agriculture Act. The On-Farm Research and Demonstration category is primarily for producers and farmer-based, non-profit organizations. The Outreach and Education category is for projects that will educate the general public about sustainable agriculture and food systems, educate farmers regarding the use of sustainable agriculture practices and alternative marketing strategies, or projects that help build credibility for sustainable agriculture issues. There is also a University Research category. Any unit of government, organization, educational institution, non-profit group or individual is eligible to receive funding through the Sustainable Agriculture Grant Program provided they can demonstrate: (1) an understanding of sustainable agriculture practices/systems and (2) the ability/skills to carry out the project in a timely/professional manner. Competitive grants may be awarded to individuals for up to $10,000 and units of government, non-profit groups, institutions or organizations may apply for up to $20,000 per project in any one year.
Applications must be received by October 15, 2015.

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Permalink Heart of the Community Grant Program

Project for Public Spaces is accepting applications for the 2016 Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant program. Heart of the Community encourages more connections on the ground and to help residents feel a sense of ownership in the places they share. This community-driven program has supported the activation of public spaces in cities across the country. Heart of the Community provides direct grants and technical assistance to local community partners to bring new life to their public spaces.
Applications are due by October 16, 2015.

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Permalink Missouri Farm to School Value-Added Agriculture Grants

The Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority is now accepting applications for grants to help Missouri businesses access and process locally grown agricultural products for local schools. Eligible applicants must be a small business purchasing or processing locally grown agricultural products from a small farmer and whose primary market is schools in Missouri. Eligible resources may include, but are not limited to, items such as: coolers, freezers, washing, bagging, sorting and/or packing equipment, and professional services for the development of Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Analysis (HACCP) plan development. The maximum individual grant is $200,000. Applicants are required to provide a 10% cash match.
Applications must be received by October 16, 2015.

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Permalink North Central SARE Research and Education Grant Program

The Research and Education (R&E) Grant Program provides funds to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers/ranchers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture through research projects or education /demonstration projects. North Central SARE announced that $1.7 million will be available to fund approximately nine to ten grant projects, with individual grants not to exceed $200,000 total for projects lasting up to three years. Preproposals from any location are accepted, but the preproposal must convince reviewers that project results will benefit North Central Region agriculture.
Preproposals are due by October 22, 2015.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program Grants

The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is accepting applications for Professional Development Program competitive grants for 2016. These grants help Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. Projects must improve the ability of agricultural professionals to conduct educational programs and activities in sustainable agriculture principles and systems and to respond to inquiries on the subject from farmers, ranchers, and the public.
Applications are due October 28, 2015.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Program

North Central Region SARE is now accepting proposals for the Partnership Grant Program. This program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Individual grants are limited to $30,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about eight projects in the twelve-state North Central Region.
Proposals are due by October 29, 2015.

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Permalink Vermont Barn Preservation Grant

The State-funded Barn Preservation Grant program helps individuals, municipalities, and non-profit organizations to rehabilitate and keep in active use the historic agricultural buildings that are a symbol of Vermont's rural landscape. The Division for Historic Preservation, in cooperation with the Legislature and the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, is able to award competitive 50/50 matching grants of up to $15,000 for the repair of historic agricultural buildings. In order to qualify, the buildings must be at least 50 years old and either listed in, or eligible to be listed in, the National Register of Historic Places.
The deadline for the upcoming round of grant funding is November 2, 2015.

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Permalink Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $500,000 to public or private schools or school districts; child care providers; economic development organizations, non-profit organizations and educational service cooperatives through the Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program. Funding supports school districts and child care providers in the processing of Minnesota agricultural products. Grants from $1,000 to $30,000 are available to create feasibility plan that identifies specific equipment, tools, training, or policies needed by school districts and child care providers. Matching grants up to $50,000 are available for equipment purchases and physical improvements that allow schools and child care providers to purchase, prepare, and serve more Minnesota-grown and -raised food.
Proposals are due by November 4, 2015.

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Permalink U.S. Wetlands Conservation Small Grants Program

The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the program.
Application deadline is November 5, 2015.

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Permalink Biomass Crop Assistance Program

The Biomass Crop Assistance Program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, offers financial assistance for growing new sources of biomass for energy or biobased products within designated project areas. Biomass energy facilities or groups of producers may submit proposals for new BCAP project areas.
Proposals are due November 6, 2015.

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