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Permalink Sustainable Materials Management Grants, EPA Region 7

EPA Region 7 is soliciting applications that address one or more of the three National Sustainable Materials Management Priorities (The Built Environment; Sustainable Food Management; and Sustainable Packaging) AND have Region-wide reach or target activities in one or more of the Region 7 "Making a Visible Difference" communities. EPA anticipates awarding up to four projects, ranging in value from approximately $15,000 to $25,000.
Applications are due by August 29, 2016.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Approximately $130 million is available.
Application deadlines vary by program area: Agriculture Systems and Technology is July 13, 2016, Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment is July 21, 2016, and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities range from July 14 - August 31, 2016.

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Permalink Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation Agricultural Development and Young Farmer Grants

The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation serves 22 counties in southern Ohio by providing educational assistance, agricultural, and economic development grants. Agricultural Development and Young Farmer matching cost-share grants are available, up to $25,000. Eligible applicants for the Young Farmer grants must be between 20 and 38 years old as of August 1, must have a current Farm Service Number, and must reside within the 22 counties the Foundation currently serves. Funds can cover eligible goods and equipment or livestock purchases.
Applications will be accepted August 1-31, 2016.

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Permalink Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating a competitive Wolf-Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program cost-share for States and tribes, for two purposes: 1) prevention--grant dollars to assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, nonlethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves; and 2) compensation--grant dollars to reimburse livestock producers for livestock losses due to such predation. Funds will be expended equally between the two purposes. Grant amounts will be contingent upon the quality and number of proposals received.
Applications are due by August 31, 2016.

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Permalink California Fertilizer Research and Education Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture's Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is accepting proposals for a 2016 special grant program for fertilizer research and education. This competitive grant program funds research that advances the environmentally safe and agronomically sound use of fertilizing materials. Funding availability is limited to proposals that address the following research and educational priorities: 1. The role of biochar in nutrient management of California soil-crop systems; 2. Technical education and outreach for growers and agricultural staff; and 3. Addressing challenges and barriers to improving management practices.
Proposals are due by September 1, 2016.

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Permalink EQIP in Wisconsin

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is Wisconsin is accepting applications for Environmental Quality Inentives Program funding. EQIP is the primary program available to farmers for farm and woodland conservation work, offering payments for more than 110 basic conservation practices. Special sign-up opportunities are also open for On-Farm Energy, Organic, and Seasonal High Tunnel conservation practices, as well as a number of landscape-based initiatives. All offer technical and financial assistance through EQIP.
Apply by September 2, 2016, for funding in 2017.

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

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. A total of $8.4 million is available. Program areas are 1) Climate and Land Use and 2) Climate Masters Outreach and Extension.
A letter of intent to apply is due by September 14, 2016.

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Permalink Leopold Conservation Award in North Dakota

Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association, is proud to announce the launch of the Leopold Conservation Award Program in North Dakota. Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. The award will be presented for the first time to a North Dakota farmer, rancher, or other private landowner who exemplifies voluntary, responsible stewardship and management of natural resources. Recipients of the award receive $10,000 and a crystal depicting Aldo Leopold.
Applications for the award must be postmarked by September 15, 2016.

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Permalink Pennsylvania Community Conservation Partnership

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is dedicating $500,000 to a pilot grant program this year for planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025. DCNR is piloting a multi-functional buffer option to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and offer the option of planting some income-producing crops in the buffer zone.
Applications are due by September 15, 2016.

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Permalink New York Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program Grants

Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program (STAIEP) Grants are available through all Southern Tier Soil and Water Conservation District Offices for financial assistance to implement part(s) of a farm business plan or environmental plan that will increase farm production, enhance profitability and/or increase environmental sustainability of the farm operation. Grants are up to $50,000 with a 10% match, or up to $100,000 with a 25% match. Southern Tier Counties include Delaware, Broome, Chenango, Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Tioga.
Round 2 application deadline is September 19, 2016.

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Permalink Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

This program supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by expanding markets. Individuals (farmers) or businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and local government entities may apply for grants from $1,000 to $150,000 for equipment purchases or physical improvements. Up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed by the grant award. Minnesota Department of Agriculture anticipates awarding up to $1 million per funding round.
The application period is open until September 27, 2016.

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Permalink Food Well Alliance Local Food Grant

Through its 2017 Local Food Grant, Food Well Alliance will invest up to $350,000 in place-based collaborations and systemic solutions that address one of two funding priorities for the Atlanta region. First, Food Well Alliance will invest up to $25,000 per project in local farming enterprises that seek to develop a financially sustainable business model that incorporates ways to make locally grown food accessible to low-income communities in Metro Atlanta. Second, Food Well Alliance seeks to fund organizations that make the connection between local food and healthy eating, by increasing awareness and consumption in low-income communities in Metro Atlanta.
Applications are due by September 27, 2016.

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Permalink Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). Ag Centers are expected to conduct high quality research and help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Center functions should include developing integrated approaches that link basic science with translation and outreach activities. NIOSH intends to commit $13 million in FY 2016 to fund 10 awards.
A letter of intent to apply is due by September 30, 2016.

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Permalink Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program

USDA is seeking applications for funding to help support the development of advanced biofuels, renewable chemicals, and biobased products. The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program, formerly known as the Biorefinery Assistance Program, provides loan guarantees of up to $250 million to develop, construct, and retrofit commercial-scale biorefineries and to develop renewable chemicals and biobased product manufacturing facilities.
Applications for the first funding cycle are due October 3, 2016.

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Permalink Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program

First Nations Development Institute will award ten $1,000 scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to: agribusiness management, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental engineering, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must demonstrate a commitment to helping their communities reclaim local food-system control.
Applications must be submitted by October 5, 2016.

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Permalink Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I

USDA invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications up to $100,000 to this program. Small businesses and small proprietorships that are in business for profit are eligible to apply. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas.
Applications must be received by October 6, 2016.

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Permalink Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program

This USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant program supports: (1) training students for Master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences, and; (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas: 1) animal and plant production; 2) forest resources; 3) agricultural educators and communicators; 4) agricultural management and economics; 5) food science and human nutrition; 6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and 7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems. Total program funding of $3.1 million is available.
Applications are due October 11, 2016.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Research and Education Grant Program

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education Grant Program is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end user involvement from inception of the idea through implementation of the project. Grant awards range from $10,000 to $200,000. The North Central Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Preproposals are due October 20, 2016.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Partnership Grants

The Partnership Grant program supports 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. Partnership Grants are capped at $15,000. Applicants must be engaged in agricultural research or outreach in an organization such as Cooperative Extension, a state department of agriculture, a college or university, an agricultural nonprofit, or a commercial agricultural consulting business operating in the Northeast SARE region.
The application deadline is October 25, 2016.

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Permalink North Central Region SARE Partnership Grant Program

The Partnership Grant program funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) 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. Partnership Grants up to $30,000 are for on-farm research, demonstration, and/or educational projects. Any agriculture/natural resource professional in the North Central region may apply.
Proposals are due October 27, 2016.

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Permalink Kansas Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A five-year partnership agreement between NRCS and the Kansas Forest Service provides free technical assistance, in addition to $8.1 million in financial assistance, to landowners who implement conservation practices, such as planting trees to control erosion and improve water quality. With additional financial assistance from Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy groups, a landowner would only need to cover 10% of the total conservation project cost. Assistance is available for landowners in targeted watersheds.
Applications will be taken until funding is exhausted, and the project will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Permalink Western SARE Professional Development Program

Western SARE is accepting proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) competitive grants for 2017. PDP grants are aimed at helping Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. PDP Grants are limited to $75,000.
Proposals are due by November 2, 2016.

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Permalink Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $500,000 in funding through the Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program. Public or private schools or school districts, child care providers, economic development organizations, non-profit organizations, and educational service cooperatives can apply for planning grants up to $30,000. Grants can cover up to 75% of total project cost. Equipment Purchases and Physical Improvement Grants are also available, and will cover 50% of total project cost, up to $50,000. The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has committed up to $125,000 to help schools and child care providers meet the requirement for matching funds for equipment or physical improvement projects.
Proposals must be received by November 2, 2016.

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Permalink Laura Jane Musser Fund Rural Initiative

The Laura Jane Musser Fund wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Programs in Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming may apply. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer and must be able to demonstrate the rural characteristics of their location. Planning grants up to $5,000 and implementation grants up to $25,000 are available.
Proposals must be submitted online by November 2, 2016.

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Permalink Women, Food & Ag Network Annual Conference Scholarships

The Women, Food & Ag Network has several types of scholarships available for its annual conference, set for November 4-5 in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Iowa Department of Natural Resources Resource Enhancement and Protection program will offer 15 scholarships of $200 each to cover costs of attending the conference. Nebraska SARE is offering ten $250 scholarships to attendees from Nebraska as professional development travel funds. WFAN conference attendees may also qualify for the Mother's Egg Money scholarship fund.
Some scholarships are first come, first serve.

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Permalink NCR-SARE Youth Educator Sustainable Agriculture Grants

North Central Region SARE is accepting applications for Youth Educator Grants. Projects provide opportunities for youth in the North Central Region to learn more about sustainable agriculture. Educators use the grants to encourage young people and their parents to try sustainable practices and see sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. The maximum amount for grants is $2,000, and a total of approximately $20,000 is available for this program.
Proposals are due by November 10, 2016.

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Permalink Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education Micro Grants

The Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) is calling for micro grant proposals pertaining to organic research and/or education. Micro grant awards range up to $1,500. Projects must pertain to organic research and/or education and be of benefit to OCIA certified members.
Proposals are reviewed each March 15 and November 15, but may be submitted year round.

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Permalink Northeast SARE Farmer Grants

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. To apply, you must be a commercial farmer in the Northeast SARE region.
Application deadline is November 29, 2016.

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Permalink Walker River Agricultural Economic Diversification Project Competitive Grant

In collaboration with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute is working with local farmers and ranchers to reduce and make efficient use of water in the Walker, Truckee, and Carson Basin valleys while supporting local agriculture through partnerships, demonstration projects, and community involvement. This project works on a regional level to develop water-efficient, signature Nevada crops; provide training and support to producers; develop reliable wholesale and retail markets and distribution networks; and to promote and increase awareness of Nevada agriculture and its economic and health benefits. To help achieve these goals in the Walker River basin, a competitive grant process will award $1,000 - $7,500 for producer projects that enhance the goals of the main project.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Awards will be made quarterly.

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Permalink Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants Program

The Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) grant program provides funding for the development and implementation of weed management programs. Applicants may apply for up to $75,000 as reimbursement for completed project expenditures. All grant projects should complement and enhance the Montana Weed Management Plan and focus on state or county listed noxious weeds.
Applications are due by December 1, 2016.

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