Funding Opportunities

 

Vermont Farm Agronomic Practice Program

Applications that include Rotational Grazing are due June 15, 2022.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting applications for the Farm Agronomic Practice (FAP) Program. The FAP Program utilizes state funding to help Vermont farms implement field agronomic practices that improve soil quality, increase crop production, and reduce erosion and agricultural runoff. The FAP program can provide financial assistance for the following conservation practices: cover crop, manure injection, rotational grazing, no-till planting, no-till pasture and hay land renovation, and crop to hay with or without a nurse crop. Rotationally grazed pastures that meet FAP program requirements, including adequate residual vegetation, exclusion of livestock from surface water, and use of a grazing plan, are eligible for FAP payment at an annual rate of $30/acre.

 

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

Applications are due by June 30, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program Produce Prescription Program. Approximately $4.9 million is available to support projects that aim to demonstrate and evaluate the impact of prescribing fresh fruits and vegetables on (1) the improvement of dietary health through increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, (2) the reduction of individual and household food insecurity, and (3) the reduction in healthcare use and associated costs. Government agencies and nonprofit organizations can request up to $500,000 for projects that last up to three years.

 

Minnesota Irrigation Upgrade Cost-Share

Applications are being accepted through June 17, 2022.
A cost-share for irrigation system upgrades and associated practices is available to producers in 19 Minnesota counties through a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) awarded by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The cost-share is available for practices such as installing soil moisture sensors for irrigation scheduling, upgrades of sprinkler packages, conversion to variable rate application, advanced irrigation water management, and fertigation retrofits. The cost-share amount varies; applicants should contact their Soil and Water Conservation District for more information.

 

Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program

Applications are due by June 29, 2022; a notice of intent to apply is due by June 7, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Supplemental and Alternative Crops (SAC) Competitive Grants Program. This program supports projects that lead to expanded adaptation and increased acres in the United States of canola grown for oil and industrial hemp grown for value added products. The SAC supports the breeding, testing, and development of superior performing canola and industrial hemp varieties and production practices that result in improved cost efficiencies, reduced grower risks, and wider use in production systems. Only colleges and universities, other Federal agencies, and private sector entities are eligible to submit applications.

 

Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans Program

Applications are due by June 20, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the AgVets program, which provides grants to nonprofit organizations for training programs and services to establish and enhance farming and ranching opportunities for military veterans. AgVets projects will offer onsite, hands-on training and classroom education leading to a comprehensive understanding of successful farm and ranch operations and management practices. Awards range from $150,000 to $750,000, and a total of $4.85 million is available.

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in Vermont

Applications are due by June 10, 2022.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont has extended the deadline and raised the funding award ceiling to $550,000 for its Conservation Innovation Grants Program. Non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. This year’s state priorities are Water Quality, Soil Health, Urban Agriculture and Climate Smart Agriculture, and Forestry and Wildlife Habitat. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in Arkansas

Applications are due by June 8, 2022.
NRCS announced the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in Arkansas. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into government technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. A total of $300,000 is available for the Arkansas CIG competition in FY 2022, with a maximum single award of $75,000.

 

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program

Applications are due by June 8, 2022.
This USDA program, also known as the 2501 Program, encourages and assists socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, veteran farmers and ranchers, and beginning farmers and ranchers with owning and operating farms and ranches and in participating equitably in the full range of agricultural, forestry, and related programs offered by USDA. Community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities are eligible to compete for a total of $35 million in financial assistance. The project period must be three years and the maximum award per year is $250,000.

 

Maine Nutrition Incentive Matching Fund

Proposals must be received by June 21, 2022.
The State of Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is seeking proposals from a Maine-based organization that supports local food producers, local food production, or low-income individuals in receiving food and nutrition assistance. This organization will use funds received to provide incentives to federal food and nutrition assistance program participants to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables and to support outreach for and administration of programs that offer nutrition incentives to participants of federal food and nutrition assistance programs. A one-time sum of $25,000 is available for this work in FY 2022-2023.

 

Special Research Grants Program Aquaculture Research

Applications are due by June 3, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) requests applications for approximately $1.936 million available through the Special Research Grants for Aquaculture Research competitive grants program. This program funds applied aquaculture research projects to address issues related to: 1) Genetics of commercial aquaculture species; 2) Critical disease issues impacting commercial aquaculture species; 3) Design of environmentally and economically sustainable commercial aquaculture production systems; 4) Development of climate resilient technologies, production systems, and/or management strategies for commercial aquaculture species; or 5) Economic research for increasing commercial aquaculture profitability.

 

Oregon Disaster Assistance Program

Applications will be available until June 3, 2022.
Oregon Department of Agriculture launched the Oregon Disaster Assistance Program (ODAP) for farmers and ranchers who suffered financial losses during one or more of the natural disasters that hit Oregon in 2021. The $40 million program includes forgivable loans for eligible farmers. ODAP is designed to complement USDA Farm Service Agency disaster assistance.

 

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in Louisiana

Proposals are due by May 27, 2022.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals from non-federal entities and individuals for the Conservation Innovation Grants program. A total of $300,000 is available to support the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further conservation on Louisiana private lands.

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in New Hampshire

Applications are due by June 1, 2022.
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Hampshire is accepting applications for a total of $200,000 in Conservation Innovation Grants. The minimum award will be $75,000 and the maximum $200,000. Applicants must share 50% of the total project cost. Priorities include urban and small farm innovation, carbon markets innovation, energy, and weather resiliency. For FY 2022, at least 10% of the total funds available are set aside for historically underserved producers. Qualifying entities representing historically underserved producers may qualify for a reduced match.

 

Delaware’s First State Food System Program

Applications are due May 31, 2022.
The First State Food System Program provides funding to entities that grow, process, store, transport, distribute, or sell food in the State of Delaware. The Program highlights the interconnection of systems and processes that influence nutrition, food security, health, community development, and agricultural prosperity. The Delaware Council on Farm & Food Policy will award grants from $2,500 to $150,000. Funds may be used to purchase equipment or for operational expenses.

 

Southern SARE Research and Education Grants

The deadline for submitting pre-proposals is June 3, 2022.
Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) is accepting pre-proposals for only the Research portion of its Research and Education Grant Program. New this year to the Research and Education Grant Program is a special topic on climate change. Specifically, SSARE is interested in projects that explore new areas of inquiry surrounding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and nitrous oxide. SSARE is also seeking proposals that explore incentives for farmers to reduce methane emissions and policies that provide incentives for climate-friendly agriculture commodities. Projects that explore the socioeconomic issues/indicators surrounding climate changes are also encouraged. SSARE is looking for systems research pre-proposals of around $400,000, though smaller proposals are also welcomed.

 

American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program

Applications are due by June 1, 2022.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program to ensure improved understanding of and equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs and services among underserved farmers, ranchers, and forest land owners and operators. These grants support the organizational delivery of technical assistance projects and establishment of technical assistance networks that provide services to underserved agricultural producers. Nonprofit entities and institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for grants from $500,000 to $3.5 million.

 

MOSES Farmer Advancement Fund

Applications are due by May 31, 2022.
The MOSES Farmer Advancement Fund assists historically underserved farmers and ranchers in fully participating in activities to help create and sustain their transition into farming, assisting in strengthening the future generation of farmers and ranchers. Historically underserved farmers, including BIPOC and new American farmers, beginning (farming for 10 years or less), limited resource, and Veteran farmers and ranchers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, North Dakota, or South Dakota may apply for $250 to $2,000.

 

Cynthia Hayes Memorial Scholarship

Applications close on May 30, 2022.
The Southeastern African American Farmers’ Organic Network (SAAFON), the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), and Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) have partnered together to create a scholarship in memory of Cynthia Hayes. One graduate and two undergraduate students will receive $5,000 scholarship awards each, along with opportunities to engage with sustainable agriculture advocates and practitioners. This scholarship is open to students who self-identify as Black and/or Indigenous, are a MANRRS member (either independent or university affiliated) enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, and seeking a degree. Students should have an interest in grassroots organizing, movement building, or agricultural policy and a commitment to promoting racial equity in our food and farm system.

 

Pennsylvania Agricultural Research Grant

The application deadline has been extended to June 3, 2022.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications to conduct agricultural research on ongoing topics of interest including pest infestations, farm management practices and the Chesapeake Bay, and pollinator protection. The Department is also seeking new proposals that address agriculture’s role in stewarding natural resources and innovations in combatting and adapting to climate change. There are also opportunities for research on human resources in agriculture, economics in agriculture, data and technology in agriculture, and animals.

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in Idaho

Applications are due by May 8, 2022.
NRCS has announced a total of $300,000 available for Conservation Innovation Grants in Idaho to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Non-federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for grants up to $65,000 for projects one to three years in duration.

 

FACT Conference Scholarships for Farmers

Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to eligible farmers until funding is depleted.
Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) awards scholarships of up to $400 for livestock and poultry farmers to attend educational events— including virtual events—to learn knowledge, skills, and best practices related to humane animal management, business and farm finance, and/or value-added production processes. Specific conferences are listed online, or applicants can propose other events for consideration.

 

South Carolina Produce Safety Rule On-Farm Improvement Cost Share

Funds are available on a first-come first-served basis until depleted. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2022.
Through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant funding administered by South Carolina Department of Agriculture, farmers who are covered by the Produce Safety Rule can receive reimbursements up to $2,000 per year per farm for on-farm food safety improvements. Examples of improvements that may be eligible for funding include handwashing stations, worker training resources, and harvest bins. This program is designed to help farms make needed improvements and comply with the requirements of the federal Produce Safety Rule.

 

Western SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant

Applications are due by November 1, 2021.
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is accepting applications for its farmer-rancher grant program. For this grant, a farmer or rancher (lead) and an agricultural professional (technical advisor) work together to develop a project that conducts both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. The maximum grant is $25,000, or $29,900 for a project with three or more producers. Projects are one to two years in scope.

 

Organic Certification Cost-Share Program

Applications are due by November 1, 2021.
Organic producers and handlers can now apply for USDA Organic Certification Cost-Share Program funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. This program provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. For 2021, OCCSP will reimburse 50% of a certified operation’s allowable certification costs, up to a maximum of $500 for each category of certification.

 

North Central SARE Conference Support Funding

The next review date is October 31, 2021.
NCR-SARE has limited funds available to support conferences and educational events relevant to sustainable agriculture. To qualify, events should occur within six months of the application deadline and specifically serve the 12-state North Central Region (either in entirety, or a substantial portion of the region), or be national events offered within the North Central Region states. Most funding support will be in the $1,000 to $2,000 range per event. Applications are reviewed four times yearly.

 

Cover Crop Cost Share

Farmers in Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska who are thinking of planting cover crops this fall can access cost-share funds from one of seven private cost-share programs, thanks to cost-share initiatives Practical Farmers of Iowa has launched over the past seven years with supply-chain partners. Cost-share programs are available for both corn and soybeans. There’s no deadline to enroll, and you are eligible to sign up even if you are separately enrolled in a public cost-share program.

 

Appalachian Grown Farmer Relief Fund

Appalachian Grown is expanding its Farmer Relief Fund to provide assistance to farmers with significant loss due to natural disasters and other emergencies. Many farms in the Appalachian Grown region are currently grappling with enormous loss due to sudden and severe flooding from Tropical Storm Fred. An Immediate Needs Grant can provide up to $500 to cover immediate needs and expenses towards cleaning, replanting, repairing, or other costs not covered through insurance or other available programs that will allow the farm to quickly respond or recover. Qualifying farms must be Appalachian Grown certified. Priority will be given to farmers who: 1) face a significant loss due to flooding or other natural disaster; 2) depend on the farm business for more than 50% of their household income; 3) have limited resources or identify as BIPOC; and 4) will use funds to cover costs not eligible through insurance or other available programs.

 

USDA Cooperative Agreements to Support Historically Underserved Farmers and Ranchers

USDA announced that it is investing up to $50 million in cooperative agreements to support historically underserved farmers and ranchers with climate-smart agriculture and forestry. The Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements are available to entities and individuals for two-year projects that expand the delivery of conservation assistance to farmers who are beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers. Projects should remove barriers to access and reach historically underserved groups through a combination of program outreach and technical assistance in managing natural resources. Entities and individuals who provide outreach assistance to historically underserved groups are eligible.
Applications must be received by October 25, 2021.

 

Minnesota Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) anticipates awarding up to $750,000 through its Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant program. The intent of the program is to increase sales of Minnesota-raised livestock products by investing in equipment and physical improvements that support processing, capacity, market diversification, and market access for meat, poultry, eggs, and milk. The maximum equipment award is $150,000, and the minimum award is $1,000. Individuals (including farmers), businesses, agricultural cooperatives, and local units of government may apply.
The application deadline is October 28, 2021.

 

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