The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications under this program solicitation. 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. The Phase I application should concentrate on research that will significantly contribute to proving the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Phase I awards may not exceed $100,000 for a period normally not to exceed eight months.
Applications are due by October 2, 2014.
The Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program provides funds to encourage farm diversification. Projects should deal with the diversification of a family farm, ranch, or agritourism venue to non-traditional crops or livestock, on-farm processing of agricultural commodities, or development of an agritourism venue that will promote access to a new market. Grants $2,500 or less require no matching funds. Grants $2,501 - $5,000 require some level of cash or in-kind match in funds. Grants $5,001 - $10,000 require a dollar for dollar cash match.
Application deadlines are April 1, July 1, and October 1, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture established the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) under which the Secretary of Agriculture may make competitive grants for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension to address food and agricultural sciences in six priority areas. The six priority areas include: 1) plant health and production and plant products; 2) animal health and production and animal products; 3) food safety, nutrition, and health; 4) renewable energy, natural resources, and environment; 5) agriculture systems and technology; and 6) agriculture economics and rural communities. NIFA anticipates the amount available for the AFRI program in FY 2014 will be approximately $275 million. Eligibility is linked to the project type. Eligible entities may include colleges and universities, research organizations, federal agencies, private organizations or corporations, and individuals.
Applications deadlines vary by program area, ranging from April 9 to September 30, 2014. Letter of intent to apply deadlines vary by program; the earliest is February 5, 2014.
Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, has as its main focus the support and promotion of organic and sustainable agriculture. The competitive Organic Research Initiative (ORI) program awards grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to three years. Ceres Trust anticipates that up to ten grants will be made to universities and other nonprofit applicants in the 12-state North Central Region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Seven research areas that are of interest have been identified and appear online.
Applications are due by September 25, 2014.
The Growth Through Agriculture program is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Economic Development Projects may potentially be funded in a single application for a total amount of $150,000 in the form of grant funding up to $50,000 and loan funding up to $100,000. Examples of project activities involve equipment purchases, advertising and promotion, and consultant services such as engineering costs and feasibility studies. A $1 for $1 match is required for all proposals.
Application deadline is September 15, 2014.
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has issued a request for applications for the state Fiscal Year 2015 Agricultural Water Conservation Grants. The total amount of the grants to be awarded under this request for applications shall not exceed $2.1 million. Grants are available in three categories: Agricultural Water Conservation Monitoring with metering, Agricultural Water Conservation Monitoring with other measurement, and Agricultural Irrigation System Improvements.
Applications must be submitted by September 10, 2014.
A total of $150,000 is available from the Michigan Energy Office in matching grants for energy efficiency projects to retrofit existing buildings on all types of farms including greenhouses or small businesses in Michigan according to Michigan State University Extension. The main purpose behind this effort is to encourage cost effective energy upgrades that reduce operating costs for the owner, support local jobs and free up capital to re-invest in these businesses over the long term. Grants can range from $5,000 to $20,000 per application. All applicants must provide a minimum cash match equal to 100 percent of their grant's final request.
Proposals must be submitted by August 31, 2014.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maine has announced the application deadline dates for two of its conservation programs—the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and the Agricultural Management Assistance Program. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides financial and technical assistance to address varying natural resource priorities, including local Field Office fund pool categories (such as animal waste, cropland, forestry, seasonal high tunnels, pasture, and wildlife) and the statewide fund pool categories (Beginning Farmer, Socially Disadvantaged, Tribal Projects, Water Conservation/Irrigation, Aquatic Organism Passage Projects, Conservation Activity Plans, On-Farm Energy and Organic). The Agricultural Management Assistance Program assists agricultural producers to manage risk and voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation practices into their farming operations. For 2015, Maine NRCS will again be offering financial assistance for irrigation systems and introducing an opportunity for funding deer exclusion fencing for orchards through the AMA program.
The Fiscal Year 2015 application deadline is August 15, 2014.
The Wildlife Habitat Grant Program (WHGP) purpose is to provide funding to local, state, federal and tribal units of government, profit or non-profit groups, and individuals to assist the Wildlife Division with developing or improving wildlife habitat for game species. Projects that incorporate specific goals in The GPS - the strategic plan of the Wildlife Division, will be given priority. The minimum grant amount is $15,000 and the maximum grant amount is the amount of funds appropriated in a given fiscal year. The required partner cost share for approved projects is 10% of the total project.
Applications are due by August 12, 2014.
The KSU Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families Small Scale Farm Grant Program has been developed to support expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky. The grants are available for small scale farmers who are motivated to improve their farming operations or improve the marketability of their products. The grants support three priority areas: certified organic farming, value-added enterprise development, and aquaculture farming and marketing.
For 2014, grant evaluation dates are as follows: February 1, April 1, June 1, August 1, 2014.
The Massachusetts State Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of up to $130,000 in Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. For fiscal year 2014, Massachusetts NRCS will consider proposals for projects that address energy conservation, invasive species control, soil health, and water quality. Award amounts for individual projects will range between $10,000 and $75,000. Eligible entities include federally recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations and individuals in Massachusetts.
Proposals must be received by July 31, 2014.
USDA is seeking applications from rural small businesses and agricultural producers who want to fund energy efficiency improvements or install renewable energy systems. Up to $57.8 million in loan guarantees is available nationwide under the Rural Energy for America Program(REAP). Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as solar, wind turbines, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, add insulation, and improve heating and cooling systems.
Guaranteed loan applications are accepted on a continuous basis; for this cycle they will be accepted up to July 31, 2014.
With proceeds from last year's Red Ants Pants Music Festival, in 2013 $12,000 in grants was awarded to fifteen organizations from across Montana whose projects were in line with the mission of the Red Ants Pants Foundation. The Foundation supports women's leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) is awarding grants to conduct research and extension activities, technical assistance and development activities to: (a) combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive and including huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid; and (b) provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research and extension activities funded through SCRI/CDRE and other research and extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests. Applications may be submitted by Federal agencies, national laboratories, colleges and universities, research institutions and organizations, private organizations or corporations, State Agricultural Experiment Stations, Cooperative Extension Services, individuals, or groups consisting of two or more of these entities. A total of $24 million in funding is available.
Stakeholder Relevance Review is due July 18, 2014.
Communities are invited to apply for assistance from Local Foods, Local Places, a new program supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) to help create more livable places by promoting local foods. Together, the agencies are investing $650,000 in the Local Foods, Local Places program. Communities anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. Particular consideration will be given to communities in areas served by ARC or DRA, federally designated Promise Zones, and USDA-designated Strike Force Zones.
Letters of interest are due by July 15, 2014.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for SWEEP. An estimated $10 million in competitive grant funding will be awarded to provide financial assistance to agricultural operations for implementation of water conservation measures that result in increased water efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. An application webinar is scheduled for July 8.
Applications are due by July 15, 2014.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy, through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility. Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, the 2014 Farm Bill provides up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) each year for matching payments for the harvest and transportation of biomass residues. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers BCAP, is accepting applications from biomass conversion facilities.
Applications are due by July 14, 2014.
Through RCPP, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will co-invest in mobilizing creative and workable solutions to agricultural production and resource management challenges. Through RCPP, NRCS will increase the opportunity for partners to bring innovative ideas and resources to accelerate conservation on private lands. Partners will work with producers and landowners to promote the restoration and sustainable use of natural resources on regional or watershed scales. RCPP partners will develop project applications to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. NRCS is soliciting applications from potential partners who seek to enter into partnership agreements for nearly $400 million in funding.
Pre-proposals are due by July 14, 2014.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted for projects that will directly benefit EQIP-eligible individuals or entities in New Hampshire. NRCS anticipates that the amount available will be approximately $75,000. This is the second opportunity to submit proposals to NH in FY 2014. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration.
Pre-proposals are due July 11, 2014.
The USDA NRCS Missouri State Office is seeking to partner and support the efforts of natural resource conservation partners and to promote public awareness and implementation of Farm Bill activities. The main focus is to conduct conservation outreach workshops, conferences and training that will help educate Missouri's farm community, private landowners, conservation organizations, cooperating agencies, and general citizenry. Grant awards from $3,000 to $25,000 are available.
Applications are due by July 10, 2014.