Funding Opportunities


Southern SARE Producer Grant Program

The proposal submission deadline is November 12, 2021.
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) is accepting proposals for the 2022 Producer Grant Program, intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region. The maximum funding amount for a Producer Grant is $15,000 for individual farmers/ranchers and $20,000 for farmer/rancher organizations. Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t, so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project.


Wisconsin Specialty Crop Block Grant Program: COVID-19 Stimulus

Proposals are due by October 29, 2021.
Wisconsin Specialty Crop Block Grant – COVID-19 program funds will be distributed to the specialty crop industry through a competitive review process. Grants between $10,000 and $100,000 will be awarded. Funding priorities include food safety for specialty crops, increasing specialty-crop supply and demand, environmental sustainability of specialty crops, industry innovation, and education to improve production practices or increase sales or consumption.


North Central SARE Youth Educator Grant

Applications are due by November 11, 2021.
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) is accepting applications for Youth Educator Grants, competitive grants for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. The grants support projects by youth educators that encourage youth to try sustainable practices and explore sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. There is a $6,000 maximum.


Western SARE Professional Development Program

Proposals are due by November 10, 2021.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is accepting proposals for Professional Development Program (PDP) grants. 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 so that they, in turn, can educate and train farmers and ranchers. Projects may be one to three years in length. Funding is capped at $100,000 total costs per project.


Northern Great Plains Program

Applications are due by October 21, 2021.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to conserve and restore grasslands and wildlife species in the Northern Great Plains. The goal of the Northern Great Plains Program is to maintain and/or improve interconnected grasslands in focal areas to sustain healthy populations of grassland-obligate species while fostering sustainable livelihoods and preserving cultural identities. The program anticipates awarding approximately $2.7 million in grants. A 1:1 match is required. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal agencies, and educational institutions. Program priorities include permanent conservation efforts, habitat restoration efforts, and improved management to benefit grasslands.


Minnesota AGRI Farm to School Grants

Applications must be submitted by November 4, 2021.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is looking for proposals for two Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) grants that aim to increase local purchasing in Farm to School programs. School districts across Minnesota could receive a total of $748,000 for purchasing Minnesota-grown and -raised foods used in school meal programs. School districts may apply for one of two grants: the Farm to School First Bite Mini-Grant is $2,500 to $5,000 intended for school districts that have little to no experience with local procurement as part of a Farm to School programming, and the Farm to School Full Tray Grant is a matching grant up to $35,000, intended for school districts that have experience purchasing Minnesota-grown and -raised products but want to expand their Farm to School programs. This year, applicants for both the First Bite and Full Tray grants may also apply for matching grants up to $25,000 for equipment purchases, in addition to funds for food.


Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program

Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2021.
The Pennsylvania Farm to School Grant Program provides schools with funding to improve access to healthy, local foods and increase agriculture education opportunities for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Any school district, charter school, or private school with pre-kindergarten classes, kindergarten, or elementary through fifth grade is eligible to apply for up to $15,000.


Heirs’ Property Relending Program

The application deadline is October 29, 2021.
USDA is encouraging cooperatives, credit unions, and nonprofit organizations to apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program (HPRP). Through HPRP, USDA Farm Service Agency loans up to $5 million at a 1% interest rate to eligible lenders. Then, those eligible lenders will reloan funds to heirs to help resolve title issues by financing the purchase or consolidation of property interests and financing costs associated with a succession plan. Intermediary lenders must be certified as a community development financial institution and have experience and capability in making and servicing agricultural and commercial loans that are similar in nature.


WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Applications are due November 3, 2021.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is accepting applications from States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts; State, regional, or local authorities; and other organizations with water or power delivery authority in the western United States for WaterSMART grants. Applicants would cost share with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the western United States.


Rural Energy for America Program Small Grants

The application cutoff date for federal Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 REAP funds through this program is November 1, 2021.
USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants. Applications for grants or grant and loan combinations of less than $20,000 are being accepted. The REAP program helps agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and helps meet the nation’s critical energy needs.


Agriculture Innovation Center Program

The Agriculture Innovation Center Program is offering a total of $7.4 million in grants to Agriculture Innovation Centers, to provide technical assistance to agricultural producers to help them develop and market value-added agricultural products. Public bodies, Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and for-profit corporations may apply for funds to operate an Agriculture Innovation Center and provide financial advisory services, process development services, and outreach and technical assistance. The maximum grant amount is $1 million. Applications are due by September 27, 2021.


Wisconsin Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides funding to producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities through the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program (PLWPG). Each application must come from a group of at least five farm​ers in the same watershed, collaborating with conservation agencies, institutions, or nonprofit organizations. The maximum grant award ​per group is $40,000, with a total of $750,000 available funding each fiscal year. Applications are due by September 27, 2021.


Minnesota Zero-Interest Drought Emergency Loans

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Rural Finance Authority (RFA) Board determined that an emergency exists in Minnesota due to drought, which makes zero-interest loans available immediately for Minnesota farmers whose operations are suffering from lack of rain. The Disaster Recovery Loan Program can be used to help cover lost revenue or expenses not covered by insurance. The funds can be used to help clean up, repair, or replace farm buildings, repair or replace septic and water systems, replace seed, fertilizer (or other cropping inputs), feed, or livestock and poultry. Farmers in Minnesota counties considered to be in severe drought or worse (D2+ on the U.S. Drought Monitor's designation) and in contiguous counties are eligible to apply.


North Dakota Soil Health Cover Crop Grant Program

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Soil Health Cover Crop Grant Program will provide cost-share assistance to producers via a lottery system. Cover crops must be planted by August 31, 2021. There is a cost-share payment of $15 per acre for new applicants and a future cost-share payment of $10 per acre for repeat applicants. There is a 50-acre cap per applicant per year. Applications open September 1, 2021, and close October 1, 2021, for the 2021 season.


North Central SARE Research and Education Grant Program

The North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) Research and Education (R&E) 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 the inception of the idea through the implementation of the project. Awards range from $10,000 to $250,000, for projects up to three years. Preproposals are due October 7, 2021.


Scholarships for 8th National Grazing Lands Conference

The National Grazing Lands Coalition is offering the Lynn Myers/Hezekiah Gibson Producer Memorial Scholarship for the 8th National Grazing Lands Conference, December 6-9, 2021, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This scholarship will provide two producers $500 to cover the costs associated with attending the conference. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is October 15, 2021.


Pennsylvania Farm Vitality Grant Program

Pennsylvania's Farm Vitality Grant Program funds professional services for those planning for the future of a farm. It aims to enhance the long-term health and vitality of Pennsylvania's farms through sound business planning, efficient transitions of farm ownership, strategic farm expansion, diversification of agricultural production, and financial and technical expertise. Farmers and prospective farmers are eligible for up to $7,500, which can cover no more than 75% of the project cost. Applications will remain open until all funds are exhausted.


John May Farm Safety Fund

The John May Farm Safety Fund was established for New York farmers needing financial help to improve work-related safety on their farms. Awardees must meet these eligibility requirements: (1) resident of New York State, (2) active farmer (part-time or full-time), and (3) annual farm gross receipts are $10,000 to $349,999 OR dairy farm has fewer than 700 milking cows. Awards may not exceed 50% of the estimated total cost of the project, with a maximum award amount of $5,000. Applications to the program may be submitted at any time.


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