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Funding Opportunities

May 2017

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Permalink California Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant

Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects along the entire length of California's coast, within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast, and throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Priority project types include water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and urban greening.
Applications are due May 31, 2017.

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Permalink Professional Dairy Producers Foundation Grants

The Professional Dairy Producers Foundation is offering grants up to $5,000 to non-profit organizations in the United States, for projects that build producer professionalism or maintain public trust. Education initiatives that the grants will support focus on engaging and equipping people in lifelong learning, including producer leadership skills and our next generation of professional dairy producers. Additionally, grants are available for unified outreach programs that educate and engage both the dairy community and the public, helping facilitate trust.
Applications are due June 1, 2017.

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Permalink Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program

USDA's Rural Cooperative Development Grant program helps improve the economic condition of rural areas by helping non-profit corporations or higher education institutions in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through cooperative development. Grant and matching funds can be used for developing and operating a Rural Cooperative Development Center. Nonprofit corporations and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for up to $200,000.
Applications are due by June 2, 2017; electronic applications are due May 26, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Colorado

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Colorado is accepting applications for approximately $300,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals may apply for grants up to $75,000 for projects that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.
Applications are due June 2, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE Research & Education Grants

The Southern region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is accepting applications for the Research & Education Grants program. This year, applicants have a choice of whether they want to submit a systems research-based pre-proposal, or an education-based pre-proposal. Research pre-proposals focus on sustainable agriculture based on a systems approach to research, which aims to understand how the components of a system interact with each other and function as a whole. SSARE is looking for systems research pre-proposals of around $300,000, though smaller proposals are also welcomed. Education pre-proposals allow applicants to focus on educational activities, in which their cooperating partners and intended audiences would be involved. Education proposals provide a synopsis of the proposed educational approach to mitigate or solve a problem and encourage farmer adoption of recommended practices or strategies. SSARE is looking for Education pre-proposals of around $50,000.
The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is June 2, 2017.

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Permalink Southern SARE Professional Development Program Grants

Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) is accepting pre-proposals for Professional Development Program grants. This "train the trainer" program provides 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. Activities may take place in a single state, multiple states, or throughout the entire Southern region. Priority will be given to projects less than $80,000.
Pre-proposals are due by June 2, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in Vermont

USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont is accepting proposals for a total of $225,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants. Projects should spark the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address water quality. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in fiscal year 2017. American Indian tribes, state and local units of government, non-governmental organizations and individuals are eligible to submit proposals.
Proposals are due by June 3, 2017.

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Permalink North Dakota Honey Bee Research and Promotion

North Dakota Department of Agriculture is seeking grant proposals for research into finding practical solutions to honey bee health issues and for honey promotion and outreach projects. Approximately $110,000 is available. Five research priorities have been identified: colony collapse cause, management; Varroa mite control; understanding honey bee viruses and effects on honey bee health; correlating pathogen presence to management practices; other problem-solving ideas of interest to the beekeeping industry. Proposals for honey promotion and outreach projects must have a direct benefit to North Dakota honey producers.
Grant applications must be received by June 5, 2017.

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Permalink Chesapeake Bay Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking proposals for $3 million in grants for projects that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches that will reduce nutrient loads to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. As part of its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, NRCS is accepting proposals from governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as individuals, for competitive consideration of grant awards up to $500,000 per project, for projects between one and three years in duration. NRCS will consider proposals for projects that will increase participation in conservation programs and assistance to historically underserved producers or veteran farmers or ranchers, provide nutrient management and sediment control, reduce nutrient losses and legacy sediments from farm fields, and/or leverage public and private impact investment in working lands conservation.
Proposals must be submitted by June 5, 2017.

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Permalink Food Safety Outreach Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Food Safety Outreach Program. This program will complement and expand the national infrastructure of the National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Competitive Grants Program designed to increase the understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols established under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers. Grant applications will be solicited directly from community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, food hubs, farm cooperatives, extension, and other local community groups. Approximately $4.8 million is available to support this program.
Applications are due by June 6, 2017.

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Permalink Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), AMS, requests applications from State departments of agriculture for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). This program awards grants to carry out projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Approximately $60.6 million in funding is available. Each State department of agriculture is eligible to receive an estimated base grant of approximately $201,973.63 and an amount based on the average of the most recent available value of specialty crop cash receipts in the State and the acreage of specialty crop production in the State.
Applications are due by June 7, 2017.

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Permalink Conservation Innovation Grants in California

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is now accepting proposals for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Up to $375,000 is available for one- to three-year grants. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2017. The proposed projects should augment existing NRCS technical tools (planning, assessment, and/or delivery) to better facilitate conservation on farms and ranches. In 2017, NRCS California is prioritizing proposals that improve the "technical toolbox" to address the following on-farm resource concerns: soil and water quality, wildlife habitat, water conservation, forest health, air quality, waste recycling, and energy conservation. Eligible applicants include state and local government, nongovernment organizations, Tribal governments, eligible private business and individuals.
Proposals are due by June 7, 2017.

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Permalink AFRI Foundational: Animal Health and Production and Animal Products

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for six AFRI priority areas through the Foundational Program, including Animal Health and Production and Animal Products. New knowledge gained from this research will facilitate better management strategies for both conventional and organic production systems to enhance production efficiency and animal well-being, improve animal health, and develop healthy animal products for human use. Six program area priorities are identified in the Request for Applications. Approximately $34.8 million is available for this program.
Applications are due by June 15, 2017.

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Permalink Leopold Conservation Award in North Dakota

If you, or someone you know, is a North Dakota landowner who is committed to land management practices that increase conservation, Sand County Foundation invites your application for the Leopold Conservation Award. In North Dakota, Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award in partnership with the North Dakota Grazing Lands Coalition, North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts, and the North Dakota Stockmen's Association. The Leopold Conservation Award recipient receives an Aldo Leopold crystal and $10,000. Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success.
Applications are due by June 15, 2017.

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Permalink Farmers Advocating for Organic

Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) is a grant program funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. Grants are awarded to research, education, and advocacy projects that advance FAFO's mission: to protect and promote the organic industry and the livelihood of organic farmers. Non-profit organizations and academic/research institutions are eligible to submit a letter of interest online. If an LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application. Grant applications are reviewed three times per year.
The next application deadline is June 15, 2017.

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Permalink AFRI Foundational: Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment

This program area supports research to promote, improve, and maintain healthy agro-ecosystems and their underlying natural resources that are essential to the sustained long-term production of agricultural goods and services. Three specific goals of this Program Area are to:1) obtain new and improved methods, including agroecological approaches, to understand, assess and manage working lands for increased health, resilience and productivity; 2) achieve substantial reductions in environmental footprints of working lands; and 3) develop tools and indicators to assess biodiversity losses and gains of landscapes dominated by agricultural, bioenergy, forest, and range production systems and the functional significance of these changes. Approximately $15.1 million is available. Program area priorities are detailed online.
Applications are due June 21, 2017.

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Permalink Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is a competitive grant program that provides funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. Within AFRI, the long-term goal of the Food Safety Challenge Area is to support the development and deployment of science-based knowledge to improve the safety and nutritional quality of food without sacrificing flavor, acceptability, and affordability. In FY 2017, applications are sought in the priority area of effective mitigation strategies for antimicrobial resistance. The anticipated amount available for new grants is approximately $11 million.
The application deadline is June 21, 2017.

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Permalink Soil Health Research Literature and Information Review Grants

The Soil Health Institute is accepting applications for grants supporting compilations and reviews of soil health-related scientific literature. The Soil Health Institute will fund up to five grants at a maximum of $8,000 each to support preparation of literature searches and summaries of soil health and its relationship to land management practices, ecosystem processes and services including agricultural production, human health, associated economic costs and benefits, and other relevant topics. Products expected from successful grantees include a list of publications and other sources on the chosen topic; a brief summary of each source reviewed; and a review paper synthesizing this information.
Applications are due by June 23, 2017.

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Permalink Dairy Digester Research and Development Program

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting applications for project funding from the Dairy Digester Research and Development Program. The program will award between $29 million and $36 million for the installation of dairy digesters in California that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Existing milk producers and dairy digester developers can apply for funding of up to $3 million per project for anaerobic digestion projects that provide quantifiable greenhouse gas reductions. The program requires a minimum of 50% of total project cost as matching funds.
Applications must be submitted by June 28, 2017.

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Permalink Montana Specialty Crop Mini-Grants

The Montana Department of Agriculture, the Montana Food & Ag Development Centers, and the Community Food & Agriculture Coalition are offering mini-grants across Montana to support beginning specialty crop producers and others to expand specialty crops across Montana. Beginning farmers may apply for grants from $1,000 to $5,000. Other types of applicants may be eligible on a case-by-case basis (e.g. experienced farmers new to cultivating specialty crops, agricultural and food co-ops, schools, nonprofits, etc.). Grant funds can be used for supplies, consultant costs, and salaries and equipment solely related to specialty crops.
This project is currently funded through August 2019.

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Permalink Wisconsin Focus on Energy Agribusiness Incentives

Wisconsin Focus on Energy's financial incentives for Agribusinesses help customers make all aspects of production and operation more energy efficient and cost-effective. Save energy and money with financial incentives available for the tune-up of specific existing equipment or the purchase and installation of new equipment for a variety of agribusinesses, including the following: Aquaculture Facilities, Commercial Agribusiness, Dairy & Livestock Farms, Grain Facilities, Greenhouses, and Irrigation Systems. In 2017, Focus on Energy is offering agricultural customers a bonus for installing more than one technology at the same time in existing buildings. The incentive bonus ranges from $400-$600 and is capped at 50% of the original incentive.

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