Check out the following Grant Opportunities for Farmers and others – Alternative Crops, Farm Business Managements, Local Foods, Conservation Stewardship, Rural Energy, Sustainable Agriculture Research, Local Food, and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers. Get information and apply for these grant opportunities for farmers today.
Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program – Closing date for applications is April 18, 2018.
The Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive (SACC) Grants Program 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. View the RFA and apply for the grant here.
The goal of the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Competitive Grant Program (FBMB) is to strongly support the intellectual talent and collaborative efforts to maintain the national, publicly available farm financial management database needed to meet the challenges facing the nation’s agriculture and food systems. Meeting these challenges will require innovative approaches that foster multi-disciplinary projects. This means that farm management producers must be educated and prepared to work effectively across disciplines in order to work to solve agricultural and educational challenges. The FBMB program engages producers in improving the United States farm management knowledge and skills by encompassing the USDA/NIFA’s food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences. Further grant details, including application eligibility, can be found in the RFA.
Rural Energy for America Program, Deadline: Variable
USDA’s Rural Business Service administers the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). REAP offers two types of assistance:
- Grants and loans to farmers and rural businesses seeking to make energy efficiency improvements and/or purchase renewable energy systems
- Grants to help farmers with energy audits and renewable energy development.
For farms or small businesses seeking renewable energy or energy efficiency improvement grants, for which the requested amount is less than $20,000, applications are due by 4:30 pm on April 30, 2018. Applicants who submitted applications by the previous deadline of October 31, 2017 do not need to reapply. For larger grants or for requests for a combination of a grant and a guaranteed loan, the deadline is also 4:30 pm on April 30, 2018. For farms and small businesses seeking a federal guarantee of a private loan (but no grant), there is a rolling deadline during which eligible applications will be reviewed and processed when received for periodic competitions.
More information on how to apply can be found on USDA’s website and on NSAC’s recent blog post here.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, Deadline: Variable
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program advances sustainable agriculture through farmer-driven research. There are many grant opportunities for farmers through SARE. Successful SARE grantees are producers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, and educators engaged in projects that address the “three Ps” of sustainability: profit over the long term; protection of the land and water; and people (communities) who depend on agriculture. SARE is administered through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and is run by four regional councils that set SARE policy and make grants. Currently SARE regions are accepting applications for their Graduate Student Grant program. Northeast Region grants can be submitted online until May 8, 2018.
Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, Deadline: May 7, 2018
The Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program (FMLFPP) provides grant opportunities on a competitive basis for a wide spectrum of direct-to-consumer and local food marketing projects. FMLFPP is administered as two subprograms: FMPP and the Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). The FMPP subprogram supports projects that have more of a direct farmer-to-consumer focus, such as: farmers markets, CSA (community supported agriculture) programs, roadside stands, pick-your own operations, and agritourism. In contrast, LFPP’s focus is on the farm to fork pipeline. LFPP supports projects including, but not limited to: processing, distribution, aggregation, and storage and marketing of locally or regionally produced food products sold through intermediated marketing channels. Applications for both FMPP and LFPP must be submitted electronically via http://www.grants.gov/.
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, Deadline: May 15, 2018
Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the “Section 2501 program”) is administered by USDA and supports competitively funded grant projects to help academic institutions, community-based organizations, nonprofits, and tribal entities provide critical resources, outreach, and technical assistance to historically underserved producers. The purpose of the 2501 program is to ensure that farmers of color and military veteran farmers have equitable opportunities to successfully acquire and maintain successful farm businesses, and to access USDA support and programs. Section 2501 supports a range of outreach and assistance activities, including: farm management, financial management, marketing, and application and bidding procedures. All applications must be submitted via grants.gov.
Learn more about grant opportunities for farmers and find other funding resources at https://www.beginningfarmers.org/funding-resources/