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.
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.
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.
Up to $5,000 in grant funding is available to urban and small rural area organizations assisting underserved areas increase fresh food access in rural and urban areas through the Missouri Department of Agriculture's Local Foods Matching Grant Program. The program supports the development of production infrastructure, direct distribution venues, and education programs, as well as workforce development and expanding understanding of the importance of agriculture.
Grant applications are considered as received while funding remains, or through June 30, 2014, whichever occurs first.
The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture will help co-sponsor one-time events, programs, workshops, conferences, or displays that are educational in nature and support the mission of the Leopold Center. Iowa nonprofit organizations, agencies, and educational institutions that support the mission of the Leopold Center are eligible to apply for up to $1,000 for each event or program.
Application deadline is the 15th of each month, preferably two months before your event or program.
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) is an education, training, technical assistance, and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers, and managers of non-industrial private forest land – specifically those aiming to start farming and those who have been farming or ranching for 10 or fewer years. It is managed by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). NIFA will competitively award more than $19 million in grants to organizations conducting programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers. Priority will be given to projects that are partnerships and collaborations led by or including non-governmental, community-based, or school-based agricultural educational organizations. All applicants are required to provide funds or in-kind support from non-federal sources in an amount that is at least equal to 25 percent of the federal funds requested.
Applications are due June 12, 2014.
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting pre-proposals for the Professional Development Program (PDP) 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.
Pre-proposals are due by June 2, 2014.
The New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food offers eligible New Hampshire organizations the opportunity to apply to the New Hampshire Specialty Crops Grant Program to conduct projects that benefit New Hampshire Specialty Crops. A total of approximately $200,000 is expected to be available for the program.
Applications must be submitted by May 23, 2014.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) application cutoff dates for Fiscal Year 2014. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts. These contracts provide financial assistance for producers to help them address their specific soil, water and related natural resource concerns on private agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland.
NRCS accepts applications for EQIP on a continuous basis; the four application cutoff dates are:
• November 15, 2013
• January 17, 2014
• March 21, 2014
• May 16, 2014
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is accepting grant applications from state and local organizations, academia, producer associations, industry or community-based groups, and other specialty crop organizations for projects that will significantly and positively impact the specialty crop industry in Mississippi.
Applications must be received by May 15, 2014.
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has announced that funding is available for research projects on any agricultural production, social, economic, or policy-related topic of concern to organic farmers or ranchers. OFRF invites proposals from all applicants residing in Canada, Mexico and the United States. OFRF particularly encourages farmers, ranchers, researchers, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding of up to $15,000 per year. Organic Farming Research Foundation has changed to an annual grant cycle. At this time, OFRF will accept proposals in the spring for one annual grant cycle, rather than the previous system with two grant cycles per year.
The deadline for proposals is Thursday, May 15, 2014.
The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has issued a call for proposals for graduate student grants in sustainable agriculture. Grants up to $25,000 are available. Masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region and working with a Major Professor are eligible to apply. Projects must conduct both research and education.
Proposals are due by May 14, 2014.
NRCS is requesting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. For fiscal year 2014, up to $150,000 is available for the Georgia State CIG competition. Individual grants will not exceed $75,000 from NRCS. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. Applications are requested from eligible government or non-government organizations, or individuals. Funding Categories include the following; Energy, Adaptation to Drought, Specialty Crops and Soil Health.
Applications are due by May 9, 2014.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont has announced that up to $212,000 is available for the 2014 Vermont CIG state competition. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. For 2014, the Vermont State CIG has three categories of natural resources concerns and technology needs for possible funding: Water Quality and Soil Health, Forestry/Wildlife, and Energy.
All proposals must be received by May 9, 2014.
Under the Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. The goal of the SACC program is to significantly increase crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing of superior germplasm, improving methods of planting, cultivation, and harvesting, and transferring new knowledge to producers (via Extension) as soon as practicable. Extension, education, and communication activities related to the research areas above must be addressed in the proposal. Applications may be submitted by colleges and universities, other Federal agencies, and private sector entities for grants up to $210,000.
Applications are due by May 8, 2014.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for the Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI). OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The program funds projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education, and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Grants of $50,000 to $2 million are available.
Applications are due May 8, 2014.
This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths by improving the safety of the food supply, which will result in reduced impacts on public health and on our economy. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support single-function Research Projects and multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address one of the Program Area Priorities.
Applications are due May 8, 2014; a letter of intent to apply is due by February 16, 2014.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant funds to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Universities, institutions, cooperatives, producers, industry or community-based organizations may submit a proposal for funding. Projects must directly impact multiple Tennessee producers. The purpose is to identify and support projects that are forward thinking with a positive, long lasting impact on Tennessee Agriculture.
Proposals are due by May 8, 2014.
The Graduate Student Grant Program provides funds to students enrolled in graduate programs or in veterinary medicine residence programs at accredited colleges or universities in the North Central Region who are exploring some aspect of sustainable agriculture as part of their educational program. In 2014, $150,000 will be available to fund about 15 grant projects. Individual grants are for $10,000 total, and can fund projects lasting up to 36 months. The North Central region includes Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Proposals are due by May 6, 2014.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications from colleges and universities for the Methyl Bromide Transition (MBT) Competitive Grants Program. The program focuses on integrated commercial-scale research on methyl bromide alternatives and associated extension activity that will foster the adoption of these solutions. Projects should cover a broad range of new methodologies, technologies, systems, and strategies for controlling economically important pests for which methyl bromide has been the only effective pest control option. Research projects must address commodities with critical issues and include a focused economic analysis of the cost of implementing the transition on a commercial scale. Grants up to $500,000 are available.
Applications are due by May 6, 2014.
The Southern Region USDA Program on Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is requesting proposals for Graduate Student research projects that address issues of sustainable agriculture of current and potential importance to the Southern region and the nation. This grant offers a one-time project maximum of $11,000. 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.
Proposal deadline is May 5, 2014.
Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grant funding. Projects must solely enhance the competitiveness of Louisiana-grown specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Producer associations, state and/or local organizations, state or local governments, qualified educational institutions, non-profits and other specialty crop stakeholders are eligible recipients. Applicants can seek funding of up to $100,000 per year.
Proposals are due by May 5, 2014.
NRCS in South Carolina is accepting applications for the Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) State Component. NRCS anticipates that a total of $300,000 will be available to support this program in 2014. The CIG State Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for matching grants up to $75,000. This fiscal year, proposals should focus on the following technologies and/or approaches: nutrient management; energy conservation; soil health; wildlife; water quality; water management; farm bill program outreach; air quality; silvopasture; or forestry.
Applications are due by May 5, 2014.
NCAT will partner with two teams of Montana high schoolers to plan a Growing Leaders Local Harvest event to be held in their communities in the fall. The youth-led events will celebrate and educate about healthy, local food and have both educational and outreach components. Teams of high school-aged youth from any Montana community working together with a qualified adult are eligible to apply. NCAT will host two conference calls to answer questions about grant guidelines or requirements and provide feedback on teams' initial ideas. The conference calls will occur at 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on April 2.
Applications are due May 4, 2014.
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting grant applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant program. The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. Iowa agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, and community based organizations are all eligible to apply for funding to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Grant awards will be considered up to a maximum of $24,000 and projects can have a duration of up to 30 months.
Proposals must be received by May 2, 2014.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that approximately $350,000 is available in 2014 for the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Virginia. This year, NRCS will offer Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for projects within the state that focus on soil health, silvopasture establishment, nutrient management, wetland restoration design, and economics (costs and benefits of conservation). CIG grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years' duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals are eligible to apply. Projects must involve landowners who meet eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
Pre-proposals are due by May 2, 2014.
New York Department of Agriculture & Markets is accepting proposals for projects to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in New York State by creating partnerships; fostering innovation; increasing efficiencies and reducing costs; and enhancing the long term viability of New York's specialty crop agricultural businesses and food systems. It is expected that there will be approximately $1.1 million available through this program. Proposals will be accepted in the categories of Research and Grower Education, Food Safety, or Marketing and Promotion.
Proposals are due by May 2, 2014.
USDA-NRCS in New Hampshire has announced the 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 for support of this program in FY 2014 will be approximately $150,000. 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 May 2, 2014.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant proposals through 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 May 2, 2014.