Funding opportunities

Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative Demonstration Project Grants

Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) is accepting applications for matching grants for demonstration projects on some aspect of private grazing lands improvement and/or management. Applications will be accepted from groups of individuals, non-governmental organizations, state or local units of government. For 2019, special consideration will be given to demonstration projects which are innovative and address one of the following topics: grazing management, soil/rangeland health, concentrated animal feeding operations/animal feeding operations; and noxious weeds. The Montana GLCI steering committee places special emphasis on cooperative efforts working with partners. Applications are due February 18, 2019.

 

National Robotics Initiative: 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

The NRI-2.0 program supports fundamental research in the United States that will accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people. The program supports four main research thrusts that are envisioned to advance the goal of ubiquitous co-robots: scalability, customizability, lowering barriers to entry, and societal impact. Collaboration between academic, industry, non-profit, and other organizations is encouraged to establish better linkages between fundamental science and engineering and technology development, deployment, and use. The NRI-2.0 program is supported by multiple agencies of the federal government including the National Science Foundation, USDA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Defense. Academic institutions and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for grant awards ranging from $250,000 to $1.5 million. Applications are due by February 19, 2019.

 

Resilient Communities Program

Wells Fargo has partnered with The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation since 2012 to support the health and resilience of communities across the United States facing sea level rise, droughts, floods, and fires through the Resilient Communities program. This year, $3 million is available for resilience projects throughout the United States and territories. The Resilient Communities program helps communities take advantage of natural features such as wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests, and healthy upstream watersheds to be better prepared for foreseeable resilience challenges, fortify fish and wildlife resources and habitat, and accrue quality-of-life benefits for all residents. Pre-proposals are due February 19, 2019.

 

Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) welcomes applications for the 2019 Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. This funding opportunity will provide awards for projects that strengthen Vermont specialty-crop industries. VAAFM plans to award approximately $200,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds in 2019. These funds are awarded through a competitive review process guided by industry, nonprofit, and government stakeholders. Funding priorities for 2019 are identified online. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by February 25, 2019.

 

Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grants

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops. The funds can be used for projects involved in promotion, marketing, research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased knowledge and consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices, and good manufacturing practices. Maximum award amount is $100,000 per proposal. Non-profit or for-profit organizations are eligible to apply, as are local, state, and federal government entities, including tribal governments. Applications are due by February 27, 2019.

 

International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is calling for award nominations in two categories. The $40,000 Award for Digitalization and Innovation for Sustainable Food Systems recognizes innovations that impact more than one level of supply chain and strengthen the link between farmers and consumers. The $20,000 Award for Innovations that Empower Youth in Agriculture and Food Systems recognizes innovations that strengthen the role of youth (under 35) in agriculture and food systems. The International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture is funded by the Federal Government of Switzerland. It is limited to innovations related to agriculture and pastoral systems only. Nominations are due by February 28, 2019.

 

New York Advancing Agriculture Energy Technologies Initiative

New York State is making approximately $3 million available through the Advancing Agricultural Energy Technologies initiative to accelerate commercially available technologies and practices to make a farm operation more energy-efficient. Under this initiative, proposals for emerging technologies should be replicable and provide cost-effective energy efficiency improvements to farms in New York State. Eligible technologies and practices include hardware, software, and operational strategies. Selected technologies and practices will be demonstrated on host site farms to increase awareness in the agricultural industry about these processes. Eligible participants include project developers, equipment manufacturers and vendors, animal and/or crop-production farm owners, trade and professional organizations, utilities, and universities and other academic institutions. To be considered, technologies and practices must be considered "emerging." Round 1 applications are due February 28, 2019.

 

American Lamb Board's Local Lamb Promotional Funding Program

The American Lamb Board's Local Lamb Promotional Funding program is designed to expand ALB's efforts to promote American Lamb throughout the country. The program provides funds to state and local lamb organizations to support activities and programs that promote American Lamb at the local level to consumers, media, chefs, and/or retailers. Applications are due February 28, 2019.

 

North Carolina Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The program aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in the marketplace. Applications are open to state and local governments, academic institutions, nonprofit associations, producer associations, community-based organizations and other specialty crop stakeholders. The maximum grant request is $200,000. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.

 

Iowa Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting applications for grant funding through 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. In addition, single organizations, institutions, and individuals are encouraged to participate as project partners. 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 on or before March 1, 2019.

 

Blooming Prairie Foundation

The Blooming Prairie Foundation works to further the health of people, the planet, and the cooperative business model by supporting development, research, and educational efforts in the organic industry and the cooperative community. Nonprofit organizations can apply for grants to support developmental, research, and education efforts in the organic industry and the cooperative community; development of organic and natural products or services; or cooperative development in the natural products or organic industry. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.

 

Frontera Farmer Foundation

Frontera Farmer Foundation awards grants up to $12,000 for capital improvements to small and mid-size farmers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin that sell their food products to customers in the Chicago area at farmers markets and otherwise. Farmers must have been in business for at least three years and must demonstrate how the grant will improve both their farm's viability and the availability of locally grown food products in the Chicago area. Applications are due by March 1, 2019.

 

Missouri Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for anticipated funding through the 2019 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Proposals will be accepted from individuals, individual producers, non-profit and for-profit businesses, public and private colleges and universities, agencies, institutions, industry and community based organizations or commercial entities only if the project is focused on research, education, demonstration, or benefits the entire specialty crop industry. Projects must have strong information dissemination and outreach components where the shared results benefit others as well. The department will consider grant awards up to a maximum of $50,000 for a specific project with a two-year grant period. Proposal deadline is March 5, 2019.

 

Texas Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Texas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for Specialty Crop Block Grants from Texas state agencies, universities, institutions, and producer, industry, or community-based organizations involved with, or that promote, specialty crops. Grant applications must demonstrate that the project will enhance the competitiveness of a Texas specialty crop industry. Projects related to the following issues are encouraged: Food Safety, Marketing, Nutrition, Plant Health, and Value Added/Industry Development. Applications are due by March 5, 2019.

 

Minnesota Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture encourages non-profit organizations, producer organizations, government agencies, universities, and other agricultural groups to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants for projects that will increase the competitiveness of Minnesota-grown specialty crops in domestic and foreign markets. For-profit entities, farms, and other businesses who want to develop sector-wide research and development projects are also eligible. Each project must demonstrate external support from specialty crop stakeholders and produce measurable outcomes for the specialty crop industry and/or public beneficiaries. Grants of $10,000 to $100,000 are available for projects that can last up to two-and-a-half years. Applications are due by March 7, 2019.

 

New York Anaerobic Digester Grants

The New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) is offering $16 million to accelerate the anaerobic digester sector. Anaerobic digester systems can be used on farms, waste water treatment plants, and as stand-alone systems to treat food wastes. Of the $16 million, nearly half is for proposals to install new anaerobic digester systems in ways that demonstrate replicable business models or strategies to expand the anaerobic digestor marketplace. The remaining funds will be used to cost-share the refurbishment of existing digesters and associated equipment to extend their useful lifespans as well as for projects that will improve the capabilities of the anaerobic digestion marketplace. Applications are due by March 7, 2019.

 

New Mexico Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

New Mexico Department of Agriculture is accepting proposals for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, designed to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in either domestic or foreign markets. Increasing competitiveness may include developing local and rural food systems, improving food access in underserved communities, specialty crop research, feasibility studies, marketing projects, and much more. Funds cannot be awarded to projects that solely benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. Proposals are due by March 7, 2019.

 

Minnesota AGRI Value-Added Grant Program

Minnesota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for a total of $2.5 million in grant funding through the AGRI Value-Added Grant Program. This program increases sales of Minnesota agricultural products by diversifying markets, increasing market access, and increasing food safety of value-added products through equipment purchases and facility improvements. New or established for-profit businesses can apply for funding to support start-up, expansion, and updates; develop the processing and aggregating capacity of farmers selling to institutions; and increase food safety. Matching grants reimburse up to 25% of the overall project cost. Funding under this round will come at two levels. Level 1 projects will have a maximum award of $200,000 and a minimum of $1,000. Level 2 projects will have a maximum award of $1 million and a minimum of $200,001. Applications are due by March 8, 2019.

 

Rhode Island Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grant Program

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Agriculture is accepting grant applications for the Local Agriculture and Seafood Act Grant Program. This program supports the growth, development, and marketing of local food and seafood in Rhode Island. It is made possible by $120,000 in funding from the State of Rhode Island. Project priorities are listed online. For-profit farmers, fishermen/women, producer groups, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants up to $20,000. Applications are due by March 8, 2019.

 

California State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP)

California's State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low-pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable-frequency drives, and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy. Grant applications are due by March 8, 2019.

 

North Dakota Specialty Crop Grants

North Dakota Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for 2019 Specialty Crop Grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in North Dakota. Organizations, institutions, and individuals can apply for funding for projects such as enhancing food safety, pest and disease control, developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops, and increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops. Projects that directly benefit specific, commercial products or profit a single organization, institution, or individual are not eligible. Applications must be submitted by March 8, 2019.

 

Minnesota Good Food Access Program Technical Assistance Grant Funding

Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant applications for Good Food Access Program projects designed to improve access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for underserved communities in low- and moderate-income areas. These grants will help organizations such as businesses and economic development organizations, regional public health organizations, foundations, and community development financial institutions provide needs-based technical assistance to eligible food retailers, such as grocery stores, corner stores, and farmers markets. MDA will award up to $150,000 in this round of Technical Assistance Grants. Applicants may request between $5,000 and $75,000 and must contribute 25% of project costs. Applications are due March 14, 2019.

 

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships

Annie's is accepting applications from undergraduate or graduate students studying organic and/or regenerative agriculture. The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program supports students working to shape the future of the food system through the lens of three regenerative agriculture principles: Building soil health, fostering aboveground biodiversity, and promoting resilient farm communities. Applications are due by March 15, 2019.

 

Environmental Quality Incentives Program in Texas

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Texas has announced the first funding application deadline for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications are taken year around for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers. The first funding application deadline is March 15, 2019.

 

Virginia Specialty Crop Block Grants

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is accepting applications for $550,000 in federal Specialty Crop Block Grants to improve the competitiveness of specialty crops in Virginia. Industry and producer groups, agricultural associations, educational institutions, community-based organizations, and non-profits are eligible to submit applications. Approved projects may receive up to $60,000. Priority issues are listed online. The deadline for submitting applications is March 18, 2019.

 

California Environmental Justice Small Grants

The California Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Small Grants Program offers funding up to $50,000 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis for projects that are based in communities with the most significant exposure to pollution. Program priorities are listed online and include reducing the potential for exposure to pesticides and toxic chemicals. Applications are due by March 21, 2019.

 

Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program

The Rhode Island Agricultural Energy Program (RIAgEP) is a competitive grant program that funds agricultural energy projects in an effort to improve energy efficiency and to facilitate the adoption of alternative clean energy technologies by Rhode Island farms. RIAgEP grants will fund projects up to $20,000 that fall into either the renewable-energy category or the energy-efficiency category. All farm-related energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects that meet the program requirements will be considered, although priority will be given to proposals that focus on the technologies listed in the application. Applications are due by March 29, 2019.

 

Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Rochester Area Foundation in Minnesota is home of the Sustainable Agriculture & Forestry Scholarship Endowment Fund, which provides financial aid to individuals committed to sustainability in the fields of agriculture and forestry. Eligible scholarship recipients must come from one of the 11 Southeast Counties of the State of Minnesota and attend educational public or non-profit private institutions/programs in the five-state area of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota. Applications are due by March 30, 2019.

 

Tennessee Agricultural Enterprise Fund

Tennessee Agriculture Enterprise Fund will award grants to starting or expanding agricultural, food, and forestry businesses; farmers, nonprofits, local governments, and other entities in Tennessee, or those whose project will be located in Tennessee. Successful grant recipients must demonstrate a strong potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity, or agricultural innovation. Priority will be given to businesses located in at-risk counties, distressed counties, and adjoining counties. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. The next application deadline is April 1, 2019.

 

NCR-SARE Professional Development Program

North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR-SARE) is accepting proposals for its Professional Development Program. This program provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. Projects can be up to three years in duration, and funding level is capped at $90,000 for each project, but projects requesting less than full amount are encouraged. A total of approximately $900,000 will be available. Proposals are due by April 3, 2019.

 

Pennsylvania Small Business Advantage Grants

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications for $1 million of grant funding available to Pennsylvania farmers and small business for pollution-prevention, energy-efficiency, and natural resource-protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grants. For the first time, grants will be available to farmers and ranchers for projects that reduce and prevent pollution on working lands. Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25% annually in energy consumption, or pollution-related expenses. Businesses can apply for 50% matching funds of up to $9,500 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2018-19 funds are exhausted, or April 12, 2019, whichever occurs first.

 

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