Grants of up to $200,000 are awarded competitively on an annual basis to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other businesses. Nonprofit corporations or institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Funds may be used to pay for 75 percent of the cost of establishing and operating centers for rural cooperative development.
Application deadline is July 15, 2013
State departments of agriculture interested in obtaining grant program funds to enhance competitiveness of specialty crops are invited to submit applications to USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Applications must be received by July 10, 2013
The Leopold Center is accepting pre-proposals for research and project grants under its annual grants program. Investigators must represent an Iowa nonprofit organization, agency or educational institution to be eligible. 2013 focus areas include: soil health, food hubs, and identifying and managing vulnerabilities.
Pre-proposals are due by July 19, 2013
The Maryland Department of Agriculture, provides grants of up to $55/acre to farmers who agree to plant cover crops on their fields in the fall to conserve nutrients, reduce soil erosion, and protect water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
Enrollment closes July 15, 2013
The Howard County Economic Development Authority is accepting applications for the 2013 Agricultural Innovation Grant. The purpose of the grant is to encourage Howard County’s agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations. Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor or timber products processor. Grants range from $1,000-$10,000. Money from the grant may be used for research and development, production buildings, major fixtures, processing facilities or to address other agriculture-related business needs. To be eligible for the grant, the applicant must provide matching funds and/or materials of an equal amount to the grant received.
The deadline to apply is July 15, 2013