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Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants
Deadline January 14, 2016

The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications from eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, for funding to deliver environmental workforce development and job training programs that recruit, train, and place local, unemployed and under-employed residents with the skills needed to secure full-time employment in the environmental field, with a focus on solid and hazardous waste remediation, environmental health and safety, integrated pest management, and wastewater-related training. The total funding available under this competitive opportunity is approximately $3.5 million. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 17-18 environmental workforce development and job training cooperative agreements at amounts up to $200,000 each. http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-11/documents/16_-01.pdf

 

Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization
Deadline January 15, 2016

This Kresge Foundation funding opportunity is designed to support food-oriented initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression, and health in low-income communities. Kresge will award up to 20 planning grants of as much as $75,000 each in the first quarter of 2016 as part of the initiative "Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization." Organizations and collaborations that lead food-oriented development initiatives in economically distressed urban neighborhoods are eligible. Planning grants can last up to 12 months. Recipients will participate in a national learning network and have the opportunity to apply for implementation grants. http://kresge.org/library/request-for-proposals-fresh-local-equitable-fo...

 

Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program
Deadline January 20, 2016

MEA will provide grants on a competitive basis to farms/businesses in the agriculture sector to cover up to 50% of the cost of eligible energy efficiency upgrades and up to 25% of the cost of eligible renewable energy upgrades, if applicable, after all other incentives have been applied. In fiscal year 2016, there is up to $650,000 available for eligible energy efficiency measures and up to $250,000 available for eligible renewable energy measures. http://energy.maryland.gov/business/Pages/incentives/FY2016mathiasag.aspx

 

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Deadline January 21, 2016

NIFA requests applications for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) for fiscal year 2016 to support the delivery of education, mentoring, and technical assistance programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories with entering, establishing, building, and managing successful farm and ranch enterprises. The anticipated amount available is approximately $18 million. The recipient must be a collaborative, State, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, which may include state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; college or university; or any other appropriate partner. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/beginning-farmer-and-rancher-de...

 

Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities
Deadline January 22 (also March 18, May 27), 2016

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering $2.5 million in grants to nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that develop proposals to improve farmer outreach and education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance and crop production practices. The initiative focuses on new or underserved farmers, returning military veterans, minorities, women, urban or locally-grown producers, and others. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/outreach-and-education/index

 

Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative
Deadline January 25, 2016

First Nations Development Institute is accepting grant proposals under its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to distribute up to 10 grant awards averaging $30,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Desired projects will noticeably improve a tribe and/or tribal community's effort to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families and communities. Additionally, desired projects will help increase awareness of and involvement with where their food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurial food ventures. http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NAFSI

 

Our Planet, Our Health
Deadline January 29, 2016

The Wellcome Trust is accepting applications from organizations in any country for the Our Planet, Our Health funding opportunity. The program invests in high-quality, transdisciplinary programs of research that investigate novel aspects of – and build evidence for – how complex changes in our environment affect our health. Supported proposals will consider the interplay between different environments (biological, physical, economic, social and natural), drive collaborative research, and ultimately lead to outputs with a significant impact on our health. Our Planet, Our Health wants to establish a limited number of significantly resourced transdisciplinary research programmes, with a focus on our health and wellbeing, that can advance our understanding and our ability to address the challenges associated with the global food system and/or urbanization. Applicants may apply for up to £2 million a year for up to five years. The engagement of both the public and the private sector is highly encouraged. http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Strategic-funding/Our-planet-our-healt...

 

Herb Society of America Research Grant
Deadline January 31, 2016

The Herb Society of America, Inc. (HSA) offers annual research grants to students, professionals, and individuals engaged in research on the horticultural, scientific, and/or social applications or use of herbs throughout history. The HSA Research Grant is intended to support small, self-contained research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time. The maximum amount available is $5,000. http://www.herbsociety.org/resources/research-grants.html

 

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund
Deadline February 1, 2016

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund provides direct assistance to veterans in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to a third-party vendor for any items that make a critical difference in the launch of a young farm business. Grants are awarded in the name of the foundation or corporation that has contributed to the Fund. In 2016, grants are being given through support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation, Prairie Grove Farms, Prudential Financial and Kubota Tractor Corporation. Awards are also made in the form of a scholarship to study for a career in agriculture at a college, university, or farm-training program. Applicants must have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, currently be on active-duty, or serving in the military reserve/National Guard and must be members of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. http://www.farmvetco.org/about-us/our-programs/farming-fellowship/

 

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants
Deadline February 1, 2016

This program provides funding for tribal, state and local governments; universities and colleges; public power entities and rural electric cooperatives; or resource conservation and development councils to assist rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing renewable energy development assistance (REDA). Assistance must be provided to agricultural producers and rural small businesses. The maximum aggregate amount of an energy audit and REDA grant in a Federal fiscal year is $100,000. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-en...

 

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research Solicitation - USDA, DOE
Deadline February 2, 2016

The USDA's, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Institute of Bioenergy, Climate, and Environment (IBCE) and the Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) announce the interagency Program to support genomics-based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feed stocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Please note that applicants will submit applications through DOE and a preapplication is requested rather than a letter of intent. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/plant-feedstock-genomics-bioene...

 

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund Grant Program
Deadline February 5, 2016

The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund (LOFF) supports local farms and farming associations that are working on the development and sustainability of organics through research and development, organic certification, transitioning farms from conventional to organic, creating new farms, and land trusts for organic farms. LOFF is open to all farmers and farming associations, but preference will be given for farmers and farming organizations located in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin. LOFF will not fund a project for more than $8,000 per year. http://www.lakewinds.com/community/loff/

 

Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants Program
Deadline February 8, 2016

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) grants program is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying. Proposals must be farmer-led OR meaningfully involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Priorities for this year's research include projects related to soil health, with emphasis on water management (e.g., soil health for drought and flood conditions); creating new organic farmers and ranchers and transition of producers to organic systems including education and training; livestock production, especially breeding for organic systems, diseases and pasture management; and small grain production, especially related to creating a diverse rotational system. OFRF will fund projects for up to $15,000 for one year, except for projects addressing the priority area of soil health and water management, which are eligible for up to $20,000 to be spent over up to two years. http://ofrf.org/news/ofrf-currently-accepting-research-proposals

 

Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
Letter of Intent February 12, 2016
Deadline April 15

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms. Applications may be submitted by any United States public or private research or educational institution or organization. Matching funds totaling $4 million are available. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biotechnology-risk-assessment-r...

 

The FruitGuys Community Fund
Deadline February 15, 2016

The FruitGuys Community Fund provides small grants (up to $5,000) to small farms and agricultural nonprofits for sustainability projects that have large positive impacts on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. Preference will be given to applicants within 250 miles of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, or Phoenix. Projects to be considered should help farms and/or orchards operate more sustainably, both environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach. http://fruitguyscommunityfund.org/apply/

 

Integrated Research and Extension Planning Grants Program
Deadline February 19, 2016

The intent of the program is to stimulate and develop regional efforts that provide synergy across institutions and strengthen research and Extension efforts in specific areas. Funding for this program is designed to allow each state institution to capitalize on their strengths and to build multi state teams of faculty and staff to enhance research and outreach capacity. It is expected that each state will support the planning processes (travel, etc.) to assist groups in developing the proposals through appropriate discussion/requests at the onset. These efforts will allow us to be more competitive for external agency funding and to provide important educational and outreach programs to stakeholders in the region and beyond. Proposals are to be innovative and needs-driven and focus on new and promising integrated research and Extension programs that bring together specialists in diverse fields to apply complementary approaches to work on an important problem.  Proposals in support of programs that are forward-looking/anticipatory are especially encouraged. http://agsci.psu.edu/grants/news/2015/2016-northeast-integrated-research...

 

Promise Zones Initiative
Deadline February 23, 2016

The application period for the third round of Promise Zone designations is open. HUD intends to designate five urban communities and USDA intends to designate one rural and one tribal community. The Promise Zone designation will be for a term of 10 years. The Promise Zone designation partners the Federal government with local leaders who are addressing multiple community revitalization challenges in a collaborative way and have demonstrated a commitment to results. Interested eligible organizations are invited to submit applications for a Promise Zone designation. https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/18/2015-31884/promise-z...

 

Early-Stage Carbon Mitigation
Deadline February 26, 2016

The Climate Trust (The Trust) is launching a first-of-its-kind fund to channel large volumes of financing into carbon offset projects to help mitigate climate change. The Trust’s fund will make investments in carbon mitigation projects at an early stage in their development. We are beginning with a pilot fund of $5.5 million that will be deployed in 2016. This pilot will prove our concept and unlock further rounds of increased financing for deployment in 2018, allowing us to offer financing to more sectors and developers. We invite project owners and developers with experience in developing Improved Forest Management, Avoided Conversion forestry, livestock manure digester and Avoided Conversion of Grasslands projects to apply for our initial round of financing. http://www.climatetrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/The-Climate-Trust...

 

NIFA-International Wheat Yield Partnership Program (NIFA-IWYP)
Letter of Intent March 3
Deadline May 3, 2016

NIFA aims to support the G20 nations’ Wheat Initiative which is committed to coordinate wheat research in the areas of genetics, genomics, physiology, breeding and agronomy internationally. NIFA in coordination with the International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP), requests applications to seek breakthroughs for cereal breeding using new technologies and also discoveries that lead to significantly greater grain size, grain set and grain filling duration following embryo formation, in diverse environments, without compromising grain protein concentration in Triticeae species. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/nifa-international-wheat-yield-...

 

NSF Long-Term Ecological Research 
Deadline March 4, 2016

To address ecological questions that cannot be resolved with short-term observations or experiments, NSF established the Long Term Ecological Research Program (LTER) in 1980. Two components differentiate LTER research from projects supported by other NSF programs: 1) the research is located at specific sites chosen to represent major ecosystem types or natural biomes, and 2) it emphasizes the study of ecological phenomena over long periods of time based on data collected in five core areas. Long-term studies are essential to achieve an integrated understanding of how populations, communities, and other components of ecosystems interact as well as to test ecological theory. Ongoing research at LTER sites must test ecological theories and significantly advance understanding of the long-term dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems. It often integrates multiple disciplines and, through cross-site interactions, examines patterns or processes over broad spatial scales. Recognizing that the value of long-term data extends beyond use at any individual site, NSF requires that data collected by all LTER sites be made broadly accessible. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=7671

 

Chesapeake Bay Trust Pioneer Grant Program
Deadline March 7, 2016

The 2016 Pioneer Grant Program aims to reduce nutrient and/or sediment contaminant loads to the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland Coastal Bays from any nonpoint source: agriculture, urban or suburban stormwater, air, and septic by seeking proposals that focus on new techniques, information, or programs that increase the rate at which load reductions can occur. The Trust is open to various types of projects to accelerate the rates of nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorous) and/or sediment load reduction in the realms of agriculture, stormwater, air, and septic. http://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.5457589/k.C9E0/Pioneer.htm

 

Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)
Deadline March 10, 2016

USDA is accepting applications for $17.6 million in funding to support research and outreach activities that will help growers, producers, and processors find innovative ways to improve organic agriculture. The purpose of the OREI program is to fund high-priority research, education, and extension projects that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic products. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-agriculture-research-an...

 

Demonstration of Innovative Technologies to Manage Animal Manure
Deadline March 15, 2016

The Maryland Department of Agriculture is seeking to fund one or more projects demonstrating proven and innovative technologies that manage agricultural manure and on-farm generated waste in a manner that improves its utility as a fertilizer, changes its form or function for alternative uses, or produces energy or other marketable products. The project must reduce the movement of nitrogen and/or phosphorus that is associated with animal manure produced on Maryland farms to the surface waters of the State. Eligible applicants include individuals, businesses and non-profits in good standing to do business in Maryland and State and local government entities. http://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/counties/2016%20AWTF%20Gra...

 

Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water
Deadline March 22, 2016

Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water (FEW). It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze the well-integrated interdisciplinary research efforts to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability. This interagency cooperation allows the partner agencies - National Science Foundation (NSF) and the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) - to combine resources to identify and fund the most meritorious and highest-impact projects that support their respective missions. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505241&org=NSF&sel_org=N...

 

Gloeckner (Fred C.) Foundation, Inc
Deadline April 1, 2016

The grants provide a source of financial aid for research and educational projects in floriculture and in the supporting and allied fields, such as agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, entomology, molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, and plant physiology related to floriculture. The proposed research and educational projects must be of substantial importance, and the results made available to the interested public. http://www.gloecknerfoundation.org/fundingp.htm

 

Hyland R. Johns Grant Program
Deadline April 1, 2016

The Hyland R. Johns Grant Program funds longer-term research and technology transfer projects that have the potential of benefiting the everyday work of arborists. The TREE Fund research priority areas are derived from the Revised National Research and Technology Transfer Agenda for Urban and Community Forestry. Proposals in the following priority areas are more likely to be funded, but all proposals will be considered: Root and soil management; Propagation, planting and establishment; Plant health care; Risk assessment and worker safety; and Urban forestry. http://www.treefund.org/grants/research-grants/johns

  

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking
Deadline April 11, 2016

The Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program provides funds to (1) improve the farm management knowledge and skills of agricultural producers; and (2) establish and maintain a national, publicly available farm financial management database to support improved farm management. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/farm-business-management-and-be...

 

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions
Deadline April 15, 2016

NIFA requests applications for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program –Organic Transitions RFA for fiscal year 2016 to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems. Approximately $3.8 million in funding is anticipated for the program. Funding up to $200,000 per year is available, with project funding total not to exceed $500,000. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/organic-transitions-org

 

Town Creek Foundation
Letter of Inquiry April 22, 2016

The Town Creek Foundation is committed to helping Maryland exceed its Bay pollution and greenhouse gas reduction goals, and to helping promote progress towards true sustainability and resilience for Maryland. In support of this commitment we are making grants to help identify and pursue necessary new laws, policies and regulations with the technical capacity and public support necessary to do so; to promote strong leadership and bold strategies from office holders, advocates and citizens; to help promote public dialogue about the systemic challenges that the State faces;  The Foundation only makes grants to public charities classified as tax-exempt, except in the case of colleges or universities when some aspect of their work is an integral part of a program supported by the Foundation. http://www.towncreekfdn.org/application-process/

 

Capacity Building Grants for Non Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture
Deadline April 22, 2016

NLGCA Institutions may use the funds: (a) to successfully compete for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest; (b) to disseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities, the public, and any other interested entity; (c) to encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds; and (d) through: (1) the purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure (not including alteration, repair, renovation, or construction of buildings); (2) the professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and (3) the development of graduate assistantships. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-la...

 

Northern Nut Growers Association
Deadline April 30, 2016

The sponsor offers research grants to those institutions or individuals doing research on temperate zone tree nuts. Any topic dealing with temperate zone tree nuts is eligible. Historically, the sponsor's interests have also included papaws and persimmons. Suggested topic areas are: propagation; germplasm and cultivar evaluation; pest management and pest biology; mechanical harvesting; postharvest handling and processing; orchard establishment; orchard care and maintenance; marketing; basic biology and ecology; and foreign exchange, especially germplasm. The sponsor favors projects which yield applicable, useful results which become part of the public domain. http://www.northernnutgrowers.org/grant.htm

 

USDA Rural Business Develoment Grant
Deadline May 2, 2016

RBDG is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that have fewer than 50 employees and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-gran...

 

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)
Deadline May 2, 2016

The purpose of the REAP is to provide financial assistance (grants, guaranteed loans, or a comination of grans and loans) to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural areas (less than 50,000 population) to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies. REAP is comprised of three components: 1) Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Graranteed Loan and Grant Program; 2) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grant Program; and 3) Feasibility Studies Grant Program. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-energy-america-program-re...

 

Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities
Deadline May 27, 2016

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering $2.5 million in grants to nonprofits and public institutions of higher education that develop proposals to improve farmer outreach and education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance and crop production practices. The initiative focuses on new or underserved farmers, returning military veterans, minorities, women, urban or locally-grown producers, and others. Awards between $20,000 and $100,000 per applicant will be available. http://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/outreach-and-education/index

 

American Floral Endowment Production and Post-Harvest Research Grants Program
Pre-proposal due June 1, 2016
Deadline October 16, 2016

The American Floral Endowment provides support for basic research focused on floricultural crops; bedding plants, fresh cut flowers, fresh cut greens, flowering potted plants, and foliage plants. The primary research priorities are: Botryis Control; Postharvest Care and Handling; Production Management; and Thrips Control and Management. Special consideration is given to young researchers. Projects with either a single researcher or multiple researchers at the same or different institutions are considered.

 

Conservation, Food and Health Foundation
Deadline July 1, 2016

The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation seeks to promote the conservation of natural resources, improve the production and distribution of food, and improve health in the developing world. The foundation helps build capacity within developing countries in its three areas of interest with grants that support research or projects that solve specific problems. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences; develop the capacity of local organizations; and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing underfunded issues and geographic areas. http://cfhfoundation.grantsmanagement08.com/?page_id=6

 

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2015

Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarships
Deadline January 5

Annie's Homegrown awards scholarships to students through the Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship program. Annie's Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship Program is open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two- or four-year college or graduate school in the United States for the 2015/2016 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable agriculture. http://www.annies.com/giving-back/agricultural-scholarships

 

Sow It Forward Garden Grants Program
Deadline January 9

 

Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America Safety Grants Program
Deadline January 7

Grants up to $10,000 are being offered by the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA), a national coalition of agribusinesses, producer organizations, and safety professionals in order to foster new champions of agricultural safety and health. The purpose of the ASHCA Safety Grants Program is to provide financial support to promote evidence-based safety/health strategies addressing farmers, ranchers and agricultural workers. http://www.ashca.org/agricultural-safety-group-offering-grants-up-to-1000/

 

Binational Agricultural Development Fund
Deadline January 15

The United States - Israel Binational Development Fund (BARD) is a competitive funding program for mutually beneficial, mission-oriented, strategic and applied research of agricultural problems, jointly conducted by American and Israeli scientists. BARD also supports international workshops and fellowships. The program offers funding in graduate student, post doc, senior research, and workshop categories. http://www.bard-isus.com

 

Long Term Research in Environmental Biology
Deadline January 23

The Long Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) Program supports the generation of extended time series of data to address important questions in evolutionary biology, ecology, and ecosystem science. Research areas include, but are not limited to, the effects of natural selection or other evolutionary processes on populations, communities, or ecosystems; the effects of interspecific interactions that vary over time and space; population or community dynamics for organisms that have extended life spans and long turnover times; feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes; pools of materials such as nutrients in soils that turn over at intermediate to longer time scales; and external forcing functions such as climatic cycles that operate over long return intervals. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15503/nsf15503.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

 

Division of Environmental Biology
Deadline January 23

The Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) supports fundamental research on populations, species, communities, and ecosystems. Scientific emphases range across many evolutionary and ecological patterns and processes at all spatial and temporal scales. Areas of research include biodiversity, phylogenetic systematics, molecular evolution, life history evolution, natural selection, ecology, biogeography, ecosystem structure, function and services, conservation biology, global change, and biogeochemical cycles. Research on organismal origins, functions, relationships, interactions, and evolutionary history may incorporate field, laboratory, or collection-based approaches; observational or manipulative experiments; synthesis activities; as well as theoretical approaches involving analytical, statistical, or computational modeling. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15500/nsf15500.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

 

Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program
Deadline January 30

Subject to funding availability, MEA will provide grants to farms/businesses in the agriculture sector to cover up to 50% of the cost of energy efficiency and/or renewable energy upgrades after all other incentives have been applied. Only energy efficiency projects, or projects that combine energy efficiency and renewable energy measures, are eligible for funding. Projects consisting of renewable energy measures only are not eligible for funding under this program. All energy measures must be installed before November 1, 2015. Each project, which can consist of multiple energy measures, needs to be cost effective in aggregate. Information webinars are available. http://energy.maryland.gov/Business/MathiasAg14.htm

 

Herb Society of America Research Grant
Deadline January 31

 

America's Farmers: Grow Ag Leaders
Deadline February 1

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders is a new program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help engage future generations in agriculture by raising awareness of the diverse career opportunities in the industry and by providing $1,500 scholarships that enable students to further their education. The program was created in response to farmer requests to keep rural youth involved in agriculture. Because farmers play a crucial role in the industry, each applicant needs to obtain endorsements from at least three local farmers. In Maryland, available in Baltimore, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties. www.growagleaders.com 


AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Deadline February 11 (predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships)
Deadline February 18 (undergraduate fellowships)

NIFA requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (ELI) for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to provide fellowships to undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral students in the agricultural sciences. The current AFRI–Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences ELI was formerly known as AFRI NIFA Fellowships Grant Program. The amount available is approximately $16.9 million. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html

 

The FruitGuys Community Fund
February 16, 2015

The FruitGuys Community Fund offers funding to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size farms. A primary goal of the FruitGuys Community Fund is to help farms and orchards operate more sustainably and to promote advocacy that, over the long term, creates a more sustainable food system and healthier planet. http://fruitguyscommunityfund.org/apply/

 

Minor Crop Pest Management Program Interregional Research Project (IR-4)
Deadline February 18

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the IR-4 program. This program enables the crop protection industry to provide safe, effective, and economical crop protection products for growers and consumers of minor/specialty crops. The IR-4 program provides the assistance needed to ensure that new and more effective crop protection products are developed and made available to minor/specialty crop producers. Applications for $1 million to $4.8 million may be submitted by State agricultural experiment stations, land-grant colleges and universities, research foundations established by land-grant colleges and universities, and accredited schools or colleges of veterinary medicine. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/minor_crop.html

 

Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy
Deadline February 23

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics- based research that will lead to the improved use of biomass and plant feedstocks for the production of fuels such as ethanol or renewable chemical feedstocks. Applications are sought for research on candidate bioenergy plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high-quality, scalable and sustainable production of bioenergy feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=DE-FOA-0001...

 

Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering
Deadline February 24

The Cyber-Innovation for Sustainability Science and Engineering (CyberSEES) program aims to advance interdisciplinary research in which the science and engineering of sustainability are enabled by new advances in computing, and in which computational innovation is grounded in the context of sustainability problems. The CyberSEES program is one component of the National Science Foundation's Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) activities, a Foundation-wide effort aimed at addressing the challenge of sustainability through support for interdisciplinary research and education. Computational approaches play a central role in understanding and advancing sustainability. CyberSEES supports research on topics that depend on advances in computational areas including optimization, modeling, simulation, prediction and inference; large-scale data management and analytics; advanced sensing techniques; human computer interaction and social computing; infrastructure design, control and management; and intelligent systems and decision-making. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15524/nsf15524.htm

 

International Grants--Monsanto Fund
Deadline February 28

Improving lives in farming communities around the world – as well as supporting the communities in which Monsanto employees live and work – is important to the Monsanto Fund. The Monsanto Fund accepts grant proposals for programs outside of the U.S. in the following two areas: Providing basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs; and, meeting critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs. We accept international applications from organizations to fund projects located in eligible countries during two periods annually. http://www.monsantofund.org/grants/international/ 

 

Environmental Education Local Grants Program
Deadline March 6

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. EPA expects to award three grants of up to $91,000 each from each of the EPA's 10 Regional Offices. http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

 

Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

Deadline March 12

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources, requests proposals for matching grants of up to $250,000 to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including but not limited to enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices. Awards are available only to Water Research Institutes or Centers. However, any investigator at an institution of higher learning in the United States is eligible to apply for an award through a Water Research Institute or Center. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DDOI|Department%20of%20the%20Interior

 

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Deadline March 13

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for more than $18 million in funding to help educate, mentor and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. This support is available through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP), administered by USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers, including workshops, educational teams, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States. Eligible applicants are collaborative, state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities, including state cooperative extension service; community-based and nongovernmental organization; colleges or universities (including institutions awarding associate degrees); or any other appropriate organization providing services to beginning farmers and ranchers. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/01/0007.xml

 

USDA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program
Deadline March 13

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
Deadline March 17

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture will award two types of Community Food Projects grants in FY 2015: Community Food Projects (CFP) and Planning Projects (PP). CFP grants will support the development of Community Food Projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. Planning Project grants are designed to assess food security needs and plan long-term solutions to help ensure food security in communities. The amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $9 million. Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities are eligible to apply. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/communityfoodprojects.cfm

 

USDA NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program
Deadline March 19

NIFA requests applications for the Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2015 to enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the Nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce. Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a State, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA NIFA Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program - Organic Transitions

Deadline March 26 (notification of intent)
Deadline April 16 (application)

The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2015, ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Two new priorities have been added to support (1) the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices and (2) the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Programs National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production, and organic systems integrating plant and animal production. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/organictransitionsprogram.cfm

 

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants Program
Deadline March 26

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking applications from Historically Black Land-grant Colleges and Universities for its 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Program which is intended to strengthen teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, and Tuskegee University. The CBG program supports projects that strengthen teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences in the need areas of curriculum design and materials development, faculty development, and others. CBG supports projects that strengthen research and extension programs in need areas of studies and experimentation, extension program development support systems, and others. CBG must address at least one of the following NIFA strategic goals: sustainable bioenergy; food security; childhood obesity prevention; climate change; or food safety. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=273313

 

USDA NIFA Biofuels, Bioenergy and Biobased Products
Deadline March 27 (concept paper)
Deadline July 27 (application)

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Energy are seeking grant funding applications for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) which is intended to develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products to help replace the need for gasoline and diesel in vehicles, and diversify [the U.S.] energy portfolio. Applicants seeking BRDI funding must propose projects that integrate science and engineering research in the following three areas: feedstock development; biofuels and biobased products development; and biofuels development analysis. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DAG%7CAgricu...

 

Interactions of Food Systems with Water and Energy Systems
Deadline March 30

Water and energy are critical for agriculture and food production. In addition, many factors- including changing land-use practices; increased urbanization; population growth and distribution; changing demand and consumer preferences; water contamination; and climate variability - create stresses on water, energy, and agriculture resources and systems in multiple and sometimes unexpected ways. There is a critical need to enhance understanding of the couplings within these complex systems and how they determine the systems-level response of the food, energy, and water (FEW) system. A need for basic research to enable foundational technologies critical to the safety, security, productivity, and resilience of the FEW system and to pursue sustained cyberinfrastructure (data, software, and computational resources) that will support these activities and advances. The NSF requests innovative proposals in the form of (1) supplements, to build upon existing NSF-funded research activities; or (2) conferences of typically 30-80 attendees that stimulate debate, discussion, visioning and collaboration across research communities, and enable a higher appreciation, visualization and understanding of food systems and their couplings to energy and water systems. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15040/nsf15040.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

 

USDA NIFA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
Deadline April 1 (notification of intent)
Deadline April 30 (application)

The OREI seeks to solve critical organic agriculture issues, priorities, or problems through the integration of research, education, and extension activities. The purpose of this program is to fund projects that will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical, and social sciences, including economics. The OREI is particularly interested in projects that emphasize research, education and outreach that assist farmers and ranchers with whole farm planning by delivering practical research-based information. Projects should plan to deliver applied production information to producers. Fieldwork must be done on certified organic land or on land in transition to organic certification, as appropriate to project goals and objectives. Refer to the USDA National Organic Program (http://www.ams.usda.gov/nop) for organic production standards. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/organicagricultureresearchandextensioninit...

 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Security Challenge Area
Deadline April 2

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture has issued a request for applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Food Security Challenge Area. AFRI is a competitive grant program to provide funding for fundamental and applied research, education, and extension projects in food and agricultural sciences. The goal of this program is to invest in agricultural production research, education, and extension programs for more sustainable, productive and economically viable plant and animal production systems. The amount anticipated to be available for support of this program in FY 2015 is approximately $16.8 million. Eligible applicants for research grants include institutions of higher education, private organizations or corporations, and individuals. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html

 

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area
Deadline April 2 (Letter of Intent)

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants applications that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Climate Variability and Change RFA for details). http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management
Deadline April 7

The purpose of the Crop Protection and Pest Management program is to address high priority issues related to pests and their management using IPM approaches at the state, regional and national levels. The CPPM program supports projects that will increase food security and respond effectively to other major societal challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, environmentally sound and will help protect human health. The CPPM program addresses IPM challenges for emerging issues and existing priority pest concerns that can be addressed more effectively with new and emerging technologies. The outcomes of the CPPM program are effective, affordable, and environmentally sound IPM practices and strategies supporting more vital communities. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
Deadline April 9

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is accepting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area. NIFA anticipates $30 million will be available to support the AFRI Water for Agriculture Challenge Area program designed to help solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. In FY 2015 approximately $9 million will be available in support of new awards for this program. Eligibility is linked to the project type. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html

 

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program
Deadline April 13

This program, known as the "2501 Program," assists socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Specifically, this program assists eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. The total funding potentially available for this competitive opportunity is $9.1 million, with a maximum grant of $400,000. http://www.outreach.usda.gov/grants/index.htm

 

Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program Policy Research Center
Deadline April 13

USDA's Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) invites submission of proposals for a competitive grant award to establish a new USDA Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center (The Center). The Center will specialize in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. Land loss, land retention, and access to local, state, and federal programs will be major areas of research and policy development. The Center's director and staff will have experience and/or education required to understand the socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers communities. The Center will propose how they will work with other institutions, as appropriate, inside and outside the land grant community. https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/02/11/2015-02833/funding-o...

 

USAID Development Innovation Ventures
Deadline April 15

Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) supports the piloting and rigorous testing of innovative approaches to solving international development problems and transitioning innovations with evidence of impact and cost effectiveness to scale. DIV’s aim is to create a portfolio of innovations that improves lives for millions of the poor around the world, especially individuals in poverty or extreme poverty, and other vulnerable groups. DIV funds innovation that targets USAID’s Mission Statement. Innovations could include new technologies, new ways of delivering and/or financing goods and services, more cost-effective adaptations of existing solutions, new ways to increase uptake of existing proven solutions, etc. Solutions must have a potential pathway to scale commercially or through incorporation into the practices of developing country governments, donors, philanthropists, or through a combination of commercial and public or philanthropic support. To attract the best innovations, applications on all development topics and sectors are welcome. There are several types of projects that are not a good fit for DIV’s objectives. This includes standard development practice (e.g. building schools), basic scientific research (e.g. laboratory research), a planning tool or diagnostic that is unlikely to result in measurable development impacts, innovations that are applicable only in very limited context, or private sector applications to expand businesses in developing countries that are unlikely to lead to significant development impacts. http://www.usaid.gov/DIV

 

America's Farmers: Grow Rural Education
Deadline April 15

Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, helps farmers positively impact their communities by supporting local school districts. The program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a rural public school district in their community to compete for merit-based grants of either $10,000 or $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. Since 2011, over $7 million has been awarded to school districts through this program. In 2015, the program will be available in 1,324 counties across 40 states, and grants totaling $2.3 million will be awarded. www.growruraleducation.com

 

USDA NIFA Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program

Deadline April 17

The purpose of the BRAG program is to support the generation of new information that will assist Federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms (GE), including plants, microorganisms (including fungi, bacteria, and viruses), arthropods, fish, birds, mammals and other animals excluding humans. Investigations of effects on both managed and natural environments are relevant. The BRAG program accomplishes its purpose by providing Federal regulatory agencies with scientific information relevant to regulatory issues. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area
Deadline April 23

This Challenge Area Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the US. Food is an integral part of the process that leads to obesity and USDA has a unique responsibility for the food system in the United States. This program is designed to achieve the long-term outcome of reducing the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents 2-19 years. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Program supports Multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development
Deadline April 27

The goal of the Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. Proposals submitted to BREAD must make a clear and well-defined connection between the outcomes of the proposed basic research and its direct relevance and potential application to agriculture in the developing world. The two focus areas supported this year are: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15538/nsf15538.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_26&WT....

 

USDA NIFA Organic Transistions Program
Deadline April 16

The overall goal of the Organic Transitions Program (ORG) is to support the development and implementation of research, extension and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices. In FY 2015, ORG will continue to prioritize environmental services provided by organic farming systems in the area of soil conservation and climate change mitigation, including greenhouse gases (GHG). Two new priorities have been added to support (1) the development of educational tools for Cooperative Extension personnel and other agricultural professionals who advise producers on organic practices and (2) the development of cultural practices and other allowable alternatives to substances recommended for removal from the National Organic Programs National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production, and organic systems integrating plant and animal production. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative
Deadline May 6 (Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships Program)

The AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative (AFRI ELI) focuses on developing the following: opportunities for undergraduate students at colleges and universities, including those from underrepresented ethnicities and economically disadvantaged groups at minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and other universities to obtain hands-on experience at land-grant and non-land-grant universities and USDA laboratories and obtain training to join the agricultural workforce or pursue graduate studies in food, agriculture, natural resources and the human sciences; technical and functional competence for predoctoral students, and the research independence and teaching credentials of postdoctoral students. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education: Graduate Student Grant
Deadline May 12

This grant is for graduate students who are researching topics in sustainable agriculture that will serve the interests of farmers and agricultural service providers--extension staff, NRCD personnel, and others in the agricultural community. Projects should explore the sustainable the themes of good stewardship, profitability, and quality of life for farmers and the farm community. We specifically seek projects that are consistent with our outcome statement, which says: "Agriculture in the Northeast will be diversified and profitable, providing healthful products to its customers; it will be conducted by farmers who manage resources wisely, who are satisfied with their lifestyles, and have a positive influence on their communities and the environment." http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Graduate-Student-Grant

 

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area
Deadline May 13 (Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance)
Deadline May 18 (Enhancing Food Safety through Improved Processing Technologies)

This AFRI Challenge Area promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain, from production to consumption. This requires an understanding of the interdependencies of human, animal, and ecosystem health as it pertains to foodborne pathogens. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce foodborne illnesses and deaths by improving the safety of the food supply, which will result in reduced impacts on public health and on our economy. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support single-function Research Projects and multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Food Safety RFA for details). http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program
Deadline May 14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to competitively award grants to eligible applicants for projects that establish, expand, and promote direct producer-to-consumer marketing. Approximately $13 million is available to fund applications under this solicitation. FMPP provides funds on a competitive basis to support the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities through: 1. Increasing domestic consumption of and access to locally and regionally produced agricultural products; or 2. Developing new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, and expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance. Eligible entities include agricultural businesses, agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, CSA networks, CSA associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional Farmers market authorities, and tribal governments. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/fmpp

 

USDA Local Food Promotion Program
Deadline May 14

LFPP offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants. LFPP Planning Grants are used in the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise. Activities can include but are not limited to market research, feasibility studies, and business planning. LFPP Implementation Grants are used to establish a new local and regional food business enterprise, or to improve or expand an existing local or regional food business enterprise. Activities can include but are not limited to training and technical assistance for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise; outreach and marketing to buyers and consumers; working capital; and non-construction infrastructure improvements to business enterprise facilities or information technology systems. http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/ams.fetchTemplateData.do?template=Templa...(LFPP)&rightNav1=FindmoreinformationontheLocalFoodPromotionProgram(LFPP)&topNav=&leftNav=AMSGrants&page=LFPP&resultType=&acct=fmpp

 

USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
Deadline May 27

This RFA requests proposals to manage and implement the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems (Livestock Systems Innovation Lab). Feed the Future Innovation Labs (Innovation Labs) are long-term, multi-disciplinary applied research and capacity-building efforts to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Led by eligible U.S. universities, Innovation Labs support students and leading researchers in the U.S. and around the world to seek scientific solutions to overcome hunger and poverty, while building the capacity of the institutions with which they collaborate. The principal partners in this research and training are scientists from U.S. universities, working in collaboration with scientists in developing country universities, national and international agricultural research centers, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to jointly pursue scientific investigations to overcome critical agricultural constraints facing today’s global food systems. The Livestock Systems Innovation Lab, for which applications are requested by this RFA, will engage U.S. university capacity to conduct research on livestock systems and address key issues related to livestock value chains, disease management, animal source foods (ASFs), and enabling policies that drive sustainable local and national agricultural productivity and combat food insecurity and undernutrition. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DAG%7CAgricu...

 

Plant Genome Research Program
Deadline May 27

Proposals are welcomed that build on functional genomics tools and sequence resources to develop conceptually new and different ideas and strategies to address grand challenge questions in plants of economic importance on a genome-wide scale. There is also a critical need for the development of novel and creative tools to facilitate new experimental approaches or new ways of analyzing genomic data. Activities in four focus areas will be supported in FY 2015: (1) Genomics-empowered plant research to tackle fundamental questions in plant sciences on a genome-wide scale; (2) Development of tools and resources for plant genome research including novel technologies and analysis tools to enable discovery; (3) Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research to increase participation of investigators trained primarily in fields other than plant genomics; and, (4) Early Career Investigator Awards in Plant Genome Research to increase the participation of early-career scientists in plant genome research. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15548/nsf15548.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT....

 

Food Security Challenge Area
Deadline June 4

The goal of the Food Security Challenge Area for FY 2015 is to develop agriculturalproduction research, education, and extension to develop more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. This program will also develop regionally adapted crop cultivars and livestock/breeds that contribute to rural economic development and prosperity while enhancing food security. These investments will increase food security by improving agricultural production systems at the regional and national levels and by encouraging diversification of agricultural production. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=272432

 

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area
Deadline June 4 (Letter of Intent due April 2; Conference proposals exempt from LOI requirement)

This AFRI Challenge Area focuses on the priority to mitigate and adapt to climate variability and change. It supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation's agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. The long-term outcome for this program is to reduce the use of energy, nitrogen fertilizer, and water by ten percent and increase carbon sequestration by fifteen percent through resilient agriculture and forest production systems. In order to achieve this outcome, this program will support multi-function Integrated Research, Education, and/or Extension Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants applications that address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Climate Variability and Change RFA for details). http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA%7CDepartment%20...

 

USAID Empowering Agriculture in Ghana
Deadline June 15 (concept paper)

The United States Agency for International Development in Ghana (USAID/Ghana) is committed to building partnerships that mobilize resources, expertise, creative approaches, and technologies to stimulate and encourage agriculture-sector investment in Ghana. The purpose of the APS is to publicize plans to fund a limited number of investments through USAID/Ghana to address key value-chain constraints in commercial agriculture investment and agriculture related power constraints around selected value chains. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DAG%7CAgricu...

 

Northeast SARE Research & Education Grant
Deadline June (preproposal)
Deadline in October (full proposal)

The Research and Education program funds outcome-based projects offering research, education, and demonstration projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices. Projects should be directed toward research results that will translate quickly into farmer benefit, and farmers, extension staff, and other stakeholders should be involved in planning project content. Research and Education projects can cover a wide range of topics--Northeast SARE has recently funded cover crop trials, farm-based energy, new approaches to livestock health, nutrient management and recycling, agritourism, and new directions in integrated crop and pest management, among other things. In the course of these projects SARE funds have also been used to produce books, videos, webcasts, and other media tools to improve participants' understanding of sustainable techniques. Two types of projects are funded—those with a research component and those without. A research component—a field or laboratory experiment—is not a requirement, but all projects must contain an educational program for farmers. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Research-and-Education-Grant

 

USDA Northeast SARE Professional Development Program Grant
Deadline June 30 (Preproposal)

Northeast SARE Professional Development grants build the knowledge base and educational infrastructure so that Cooperative Extension educators and other agricultural professionals can get and use the knowledge they need to help farmers move toward greater sustainability. These grants are for organizations to develop and deliver training, specifically agricultural training with sustainable content. These grants are not for individuals who hope to attend training and need money for tuition or travel. Awards typically range from $30,000 to $150,000 and average $75,000. Professional Development awards can run from one to three years, and the maximum duration is four years. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Professional-Development-Grant

 

Food Protection Task Force Conference
Deadline July 1

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the Food and Drug Administration under the support for Conferences and Scientific meetings Grant mechanism (R13), is to solicit applications from organizations that propose to organize Food Protection Task Force meetings to foster communication, cooperation and collaboration within the States among State, local, tribal and territorial food protection, public health, agriculture, and regulatory agencies. The meetings should: (1) Provide a forum for all the stakeholders of the food protection system—regulatory agencies, academia, industry, consumers, State legislators, Boards of Health and Agriculture, and other interested parties; (2) assist in adopting or implementing the Food Code and other food protection regulations; and (3) promote the integration of an efficient statewide food safety/defense system that maximizes the protection of the public health through prevention, intervention and response including the early detection and containment of foodborne illness. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?fundingCategories%3DAG%7CAgricu...

 

USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative
Deadline July 2

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas: Research in plant breeding, genetics, genomics, and other methods to improve crop characteristics; Efforts to identify and address threats from pests and diseases, including threats to specialty crop pollinators; Efforts to improve production efficiency, handling and processing, productivity, and profitability over the long term (including specialty crop policy and marketing); new innovations and technology, including improved mechanization and technologies that delay or inhibit ripening; and methods to prevent, detect, monitor, control, and respond to potential food safety hazards in the production efficiency, handling and processing of specialty crops. http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/specialtycropresearchinitiative.cfm

 

USDA Value Added Producer Grants
July 2 deadline (online)
July 7 deadline (hard copy)

The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov. $75,000 for planning grants; $200,000 for working capital grants. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

 

Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grant
2 weeks before USDA Value Added Producer Grant

The Maryland Value Added Producer Matching Grant Program (MVAPMG) was established to make grants available to those pursuing support from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Value Added Producer Grants Program (USDA VAPG). MARBIDCO was created with a mission to assist Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses with achieving profitability and sustainability, promoting rural entrepreneurship, and nurturing emerging food and fiber markets. MARBIDCO will make grants available to eligible applicants to provide up to 15% of the matching funds requirement under the USDA VAPG. These funds will be required to be used for planning or working capital purposes in accordance with USDA regulations. Eligible purposes include determining appropriate marketing techniques and creating business plans or paying operating expenses before a business has sufficient cash flow from operations. http://www.marbidco.org/MVAPMG%202014%20App.pdf

 

EPA Pesticide Field Implementation Meeting Support RFA
July 5 Deadline

The EPA cooperates with partners and stakeholders on programs and activities to advance the safe use of pesticides. EPA anticipates a greater need for collaboration upon revisions to the Worker Protection Standard and Certified Applicator regulations. The grantee will coordinate meetings, workshops, and conferences. With this five-year cooperative agreement, EPA expects to provide $700,000 the first year. http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/rfa-pest-safety.html

 

Agriculture Risk Management Education Partnerships Competitive Grants Program
July 6 deadline

The primary purpose of the Risk Management Education program administered by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is to provide U.S. agricultural producers and their families, as appropriate, with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed risk management decisions that enhance profitability of their operations. Applications may be submitted by colleges and universities, Federal, State, and local agencies, nonprofit and for-profit private organizations or corporations, and other entities. More than $4.4 million in project funding is expected to be available. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-risk-management-edu...

 

USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG)
July 2 deadline (online)
July 7 deadline (hard copy)

USDA is making $30 million available through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) to farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs to develop new product lines. VAPG grants can be used to develop new product lines from raw agricultural products or additional uses for already-developed product lines. Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply for this program. Military veterans, socially disadvantaged, and beginning farmers and ranchers; operators of small- and medium-sized family farms and ranches; farmer and rancher cooperatives; and applicants that propose mid-tier value chain projects are given special priority in applying for VAPGs. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

 

Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification

July 10

The USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sustainable Intensification at Kansas State University invites the submission of concept notes from eligible entities to compete for research sub-award projects.  Concept notes will be reviewed and may lead to an invitation to submit a full proposal. Research sub-award projects focused on the development and implementation of sustainable intensification practices in one or more of the target countries will be competitively selected.  Target regions include Asia, West Africa, and East Africa and within these regions there will be an emphasis in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. http://www.k-state.edu/siil/opportunities/

 

EPA Pesticide Safety Resource Projects RFA
July 12 deadline

EPA's partners and stakeholders conduct outreach and education on the safe use of pesticides by applicators and handlers in agricultural, commercial, and residential settings. The grantee under this RFA will coordinate the development of materials and resources for this purpose. EPA anticipates a greater need for communications upon revisions to the Worker Protection Standard and Certified Applicator regulations. With this five-year cooperative agreement, EPA expects to provide over $1,000,000 annually. http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/grants/rfa-pest-safety.html

 

Morris Animal Foundation Large Animal Studies

July 15 deadline

Good science is at the heart of Morris Animal Foundation’s mission. We greatly appreciate our long-standing partnership with the veterinary research community. Thanks to the work of committed researchers, the world is a better, healthier place for animals. Large Companion Animal (Horses and Llamas/Alpacas) Proposals for Established Investigators, First Awards, Fellowship Training, and Pilot Study grants on topics relevant to large companion animal health and welfare are currently begin accepted. http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/researchers/

 

Maryland Cover Crop Program
July 15 deadline

The Maryland Agricultural Water Quality Cost-Share (MACS) Program provides grants to help farmers offset seed, labor, and equipment costs associated with planting cover crops in the fall. Maryland has earmarked approximately $22 million for this year's program. At least five acres of cover crops must be planted by November 5, 2015. Cover crops may be grazed or harvested. Incentives apply for some crops and seeding methods. http://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/cover_crop.aspx

 

USDA Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant Program
July 14 deadline (online)
July 20 deadline (hard copy)

This program assists organizations that provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance are conducting feasibility studies, developing business and strategic plans, and providing leadership training. USDA plans to make up to $3 million in grants available. The maximum award is $175,000. Eligible applicants include groups of cooperatives, cooperative development centers, and individual cooperatives that serve socially-disadvantaged groups. The cooperatives or centers can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area. Also, the majority of the governing body of the organization must be compromised of individuals who are members of socially-disadvantaged groups. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/socially-disadvantaged-groups-g...

 

New Technologies for Ag Extension
July 20 deadline

The purpose of the New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) Program is to increase the capacity of the Cooperative Extension System (CES) to adopt new and innovative technology applications for delivering science-based educational resources from land-grant and other partner institutions about matters of high importance to the general public. Applications are being solicited for the NTAE to deliver state of the art technology and software applications, high quality leaders and staff, training for an exceptional CES workforce, legally binding contractual and financial instruments, and comprehensive evaluation, communications and marketing activities. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/new-technologies-ag-extension-n...

 

USDA Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Program
July 20 deadline

NLGCA Institutions may use the funds: (a) to successfully compete for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, and outreach activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, State, and local interest; (b) to disseminate information relating to priority concerns to interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities, the public, and any other interested entity; (c) to encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, and outreach activities by providing matching funding to leverage grant funds; and (d) through: (1) the purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure (not including alteration, repair, renovation, or construction of buildings); (2) the professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution; and (3) the development of graduate assistantships. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/capacity-building-grants-non-la...

 

USDA Biomass Research and Development Initiative
July 27 deadline

This funding is dedicated to the development of (A) technologies and processes necessary for abundant commercial production of biofuels at prices competitive with fossil fuels; (B) high-value biobased products – (i) to enhance the economic viability of biofuels and biopower; (ii) to serve as substitutes for petroleum-based feedstocks and products; and (iii) to enhance the value of coproducts produced using the technologies and processes; and (C) a diversity of economically and environmentally sustainable domestic sources of renewable biomass for conversion to biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products.BRDI FOA requires that funded projects address only one of the three legislatively mandated technical areas identified below. Applicants can only apply for one technical area. The technical areas are: (A) Feedstocks development, (B) Biofuels and biobased products development, and (C) Biofuels development analysis. Anticipated award size ranges from $500,000 to $2 million per award. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/biomass-research-and-developmen...

 

Rural Cooperative Development Grant
Deadline July 27

USDA is accepting applications from non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education for grants to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. The primary objective of the Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program is to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals and businesses in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers. RCDG will make up to $5.8 million in grants available in Fiscal Year 2015. One-year grants up to $200,000 are available. In most cases, grants may be used to pay for up to 75% of a project's total costs. http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-cooperative-development-g...

 

Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
July 31 Deadline

USDA has announced the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), a special enrollment option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program's Wetland Reserve Easement component. Under WREP, states, local units of governments, non-governmental organizations, and American Indian tribes collaborate with USDA through cooperative and partnership agreements. NRCS will sign multi-year agreements with partners to leverage resources, including funding, to achieve maximum wetland restoration, protection and enhancement and to create optimum wildlife habitat on enrolled acres. WREP partners are required to contribute a funding match for financial or technical assistance. These partners work with willing tribal and private landowners who voluntarily enroll eligible land into easements to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their properties. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2015/06/0177.xml&...

 

Merck Family Fund Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land
August 3 deadline (Letter of Inquiry)

Urban sprawl, resource extraction, and poorly enforced environmental regulations place enormous pressures on natural resources. A healthy world needs a combination of outright protections, sustainable use policies to ensure clean air, clean water, and healthy land. The geographic focus of this area will be the southeastern United States, with priority given to the Southern Appalachians and the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that Advocate for and secure public financial resources and commitments to land protection, Demonstrate community engagement and certified sustainable management of land particularly concerning forestry and farming, and Provide leadership to existing and emerging coalitions that build a multi-stakeholder voice. http://merckff.org/?page_id=94

 

Merck Family Fund Urban Farming and Youth Leadership
August 3 deadline (Letter of Inquiry)

Growing food in community is a collective and personal entry point to many systemic issues including: health and nutrition, job training, environmental sustainability, and the creation of social capital. The local cultivation and distribution of fresh, healthy, and affordable food raises the awareness about quality and access something sorely lacking in low-income communities. This new program at the Merck Family Fund will support programs in low-income urban areas in the Northeast that are harnessing the power of young people to create urban farms and local markets. Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that Provide high quality leadership development and employment for youth, Support highly productive urban farming projects and increase local access to fresh food, and Engage residents in food access and food security issues in the community. Priority will be given to projects that combine all aspects above and that reside in the six New England states, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA. http://merckff.org/?page_id=106

 

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
August 15 deadline

The Trust makes grants to organizations that are recognized as 501(c)(3) public charities by the United States Internal Revenue Service, and to non-U.S. organizations that can demonstrate that they would meet the requirements for such status. The Trust supports projects that directly further research or education in ornamental horticulture in North and South America including: Development of programs and projects; Salaries; Physical improvements; Signage; Access; Equipment; Publications; and, under some circumstances, general operations. The Trust does not fund endowments or indirect costs. The Trust also does not fund projects concerned primarily with agriculture, environmental issues, science education, or horticultural therapy. http://www.adminitrustllc.com/stanley-smith-horticultural-trust/for-gran...

 

Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship
August 19 deadline

This grant program supports: (1) training students for Master's and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural and natural resource sciences, and; (2) Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances (IRTA) for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Awards are specifically intended to support traineeship programs that engage outstanding students to pursue and complete their degrees in USDA mission areas. Applicants provide clarity about the philosophy of their graduate training, and relevance to USDA mission sciences, NIFA priorities and national science education policies and statistics. Applications are being solicited from institutions that confer a graduate degree in at least one of the following Targeted Expertise Shortage Areas: 1) animal and plant production; 2) forest resources; 3) agricultural educators and communicators; 4) agricultural management and economics; 5) food science and human nutrition; 6) sciences for agricultural biosecurity; and 7) training in integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/food-and-agricultural-sciences-...

 

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program
September 30 deadline (Letter of Intent)

The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support research grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE). Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details). http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agriculture-and-food-research-i...

 

USDA Northeast SARE Partnership Grant
October 6 deadline

Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers--extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community--who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators. The Partnership guidelines have been expanded to incorporate proposals that used to be submitted under the Sustainable Community Grant. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Partnership-Grant

 

USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
October 8 deadline

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications under this program solicitation entitled “Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) - Phase I, Fiscal Year 2016.” Firms with strong scientific research capabilities in any of the topic areas described in section 8.0 of the RFA are encouraged to participate. USDA will support high quality research or research and development (R/R&D) applications containing advanced concepts related to important scientific problems and opportunities that could lead to significant public benefit. Objectives of the SBIR program include stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, strengthening the role of small businesses in meeting Federal research and development needs, increasing private sector commercialization of innovations derived from USDA-supported research and development efforts, and fostering and encouraging participation by women-owned and socially and economically disadvantaged small business firms in technological innovation. http://nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/small-business-innovation-resea...

 

USDA Northeast SARE Farmer Grant
November 12 deadline

The goal of the Farmer Grant program is to develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques and to explore innovative ideas developed by farmers across the region. Farmer Grant projects should seek new knowledge other farmers can use and address questions that are directly linked to improved profits, better stewardship, and stronger rural communities. Funds can be used to pay farmers for their time, for project-related materials, for project costs like consulting fees or soil tests, and for any communications or outreach expenses associated with telling others about project results. Farmer grant funds cannot be used for capital costs associated with building a barn, greenhouse, or other major farm fixture, nor can funds be used to start a farm, purchase durable equipment like tractors or computers, or for any utility, telephone, or other costs that would be there in the absence of the project. Farmer Grants can run one or perhaps two years, depending on the scope of the project. Awards are capped at $15,000. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Farmer-Grant

 

ADM Cares Contributions
September 1 opens
November 30 deadline

Organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, or international organizations registered as charitable with their particular government, may seek funding from ADM Cares if their objectives involve  promoting agricultural development, sound environmental practices, education for children and young adults, maintaining a vibrant community or related topics. Preference will be given to groups in ADM communities that can demonstrate clear, measurable results toward stated objectives and a solid track record of success. http://www.adm.com/en-US/company/CommunityGiving/Pages/ApplyingforFundin...

 

            

2014

Chesapeake Bay Trust Pioneer Grant
Deadline March 7

The goal of the program is to encourage practitioners and user groups, including such groups as residential communities, farmers, land use planners, builders, and more to develop or advance ideas and projects that will result in increased efficiency in water quality improvements in local streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  http://www.cbtrust.org/site/c.miJPKXPCJnH/b.5587535/k.9FEC/Grant_Forms.htm

 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
Deadline April 17

NIFA initiates a new challenge area to address critical water resources issues such as drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others in an agricultural context. Funding will be used to develop management practices, technologies, and tools for farmers, ranchers, forest owners and managers, public decision makers, public and private managers, and citizens to improve water resource quantity and quality. NIFA's approach will link social, economic, and behavioral sciences with traditional biophysical sciences and engineering to address regional-scale issues with shared hydrological processes and meteorological and basin characteristics. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/afri.html

 

Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG)
Deadline June 30

The primary objective of the SSDPG program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and cooperative development centers. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Each fiscal year, applications for the SSDPG program are solicited through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register. Maximum Grant Amount: $200,000. Cost Sharing Requirement: No match required. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/bcp_ssdpg.html 

 

ASF Sustainable Research Program
Deadline July 1

The Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) announces a new endeavor to annually award $100,000 in research grants for innovative research projects involving cover crops and related management practices integrated into agronomic crop rotations within areas of agricultural concentration in the U.S. including, but not limited to, the Mississippi River Basin. Projects are sought that advance our knowledge of agricultural systems aimed at increasing productivity, while minimizing impact on ecosystems services and the environment. Read full announcement.

 

National Integrated Water Quality Program
Deadline July 3

The goal of the National Integrated Water Quality Program (NIWQP) is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of surface water and groundwater resources through research, education, and extension activities. Projects funded through this program will work to solve water resource problems by advancing and disseminating the knowledge base available to agricultural, rural, and urbanizing communities. Funded projects should lead to science-based decision making and management practices that improve the quality of the Nations surface water and groundwater resources in agricultural, rural, and urbanizing watersheds. Read full announcement.

 

Improving Alfalfa Forage and Seed Production
Deadline July 7

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is seeking grant funding applications for its research program to address one or more of the following priorities: (1) Improving alfalfa forage and seed yield through better nutrient, water and/or pest management; (2) Improving persistence of alfalfa stands by lessening biotic or abiotic stresses; (3) Improving alfalfa forage and seed harvesting and storage systems to optimize economic returns; (4) Improving estimates of alfalfa forage quality as an animal feed to increase forage usage in animal feeds; and/or (5) Breeding to address biotic and abiotic stresses that impact forage yield and persistence and the production of seed for propagation. Read full announcement.

 

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Grants and Combined Grants and Loans
Deadline July 7

REAP offers grants, loans, or combined grants and loans for the development and construction of renewable-energy systems and for energy-efficiency improvement projects. The program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nation's critical energy needs. Approximately $12.38 million will be available in grants. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_REAP.html

 

Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Deadline July 14

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from energy facilities interested in receiving forest or agricultural residues to generate clean energy, through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP). BCAP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who establish and maintain new crops of energy biomass, or who harvest and deliver forest or agricultural residues to a qualifying energy facility. Of the total $25 million per year authorized for BCAP, the 2014 Farm Bill provides up to 50 percent ($12.5 million) each year for matching payments for the harvest and transportation of biomass residues. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), which administers BCAP, is accepting applications from biomass conversion facilities. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2014/06/0115.xml

 

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)
Deadline July 14

Through RCPP, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will co-invest in mobilizing creative and workable solutions to agricultural production and resource management challenges. Through RCPP, NRCS will increase the opportunity for partners to bring innovative ideas and resources to accelerate conservation on private lands. Partners will work with producers and landowners to promote the restoration and sustainable use of natural resources on regional or watershed scales. RCPP partners will develop project applications to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. NRCS is soliciting applications from potential partners who seek to enter into partnership agreements for nearly $400 million in funding. http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detailfull/national/home/?cid=stelprdb1242732

 

Local Foods, Local Places
Deadline July 15

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities to help them develop and implement action plans promoting local food and downtown revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities that are in the early stages of developing or restoring local food enterprises and creating economically vibrant communities. Selected communities in Appalachia and the Delta region will be eligible to receive financial assistance to help them implement those plans. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/announcement_-_local_foods_local_places_2014_final.pdf

 

Specialty Crop Research Initiative/Citrus Disease Research and Extension
July 17

The Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE) is authorized in the Agricultural Act of 2014 (H.R. 2642) to award grants to eligible entities to conduct research and extension activities, technical assistance and development activities to: (a) combat citrus diseases and pests, both domestic and invasive and including huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid, which pose imminent harm to United States citrus production and threaten the future viability of the citrus industry; and (b) provide support for the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies discovered pursuant to research and extension activities funded through SCRI/CDRE and other research and extension projects targeting problems caused by citrus production diseases and invasive pests. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/specialtycropresearchinitiativecitrusdiseaseresearchandextensionscricdre.cfm

 

Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative Projects
Deadline July 21

The Office of Community Services seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. To do this, the Community Economic Development-Healthy Food Financing Initiative program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-OCS-EE-0819_0.pdf

 

Conservation Innovation Grants in Maryland
Deadline August 22

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Maryland is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches into NRCS policy, technical manuals, guides, and references, or to the private sector. Grants up to $75,000 are available. http://www.grants.gov/search-grants.html?agencies%3DUSDA|Department%20of%20Agriculture

 

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program 
Deadline August 25

USDA Office of Advocacy and Outreach is accepting applications to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in USDA agricultural programs and services. This program will assist eligible community-based organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities in providing outreach and technical assistance. http://www.outreach.usda.gov/grants/index.htm

 

Food and Farm Communications Fund
Deadline September 1

The Food and Farm Communications Fund is accepting letters of inquiry from U.S. nonprofit organizations for grants from $10,000 to $100,000 for projects that expand the good food movement's communications capacity. Proposals are evaluated against a set of specific goals and outcomes. http://www.foodandfarmcommunications.org/about.html

 

Farm Labor Housing Grants for Off-Farm Housing
Deadline September 2

This program provides grants (and loans) for the construction of new off-farm FLH units and related facilities for domestic farm laborers and for the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of an existing non-FLH property. The intended purpose of these loans and grants is to increase the number of available housing units for domestic farm laborers. The grantee must provide 10% of the total project cost. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-01/pdf/2014-15358.pdf

  

Aquaponics Association Micro Grant Program

Deadline September 15

Members of the Aquaponics Association can apply for grants of up to $1000 to increase public awareness, understanding, and knowledge of aquaponics as an educational tool, a hobby, or a business in providing a source of fresh, local, healthy food. Preference is given to educational/outreach based activities that focus on developing aquaponics systems or a plan to move existing growing systems toward aquaponics. Three microgrants are awarded each quarter. http://www.aquaponicsassociation.org/micro-grant-program

 

EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office Agriculture Technical Support for the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership
Deadline September 22

The EPA's Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBPO) is announcing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for applicants to provide the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) non-federal partners with technical and programmatic support related to implementation of the agricultural components of the Chesapeake Bay watershed jurisdictions’ watershed implementation plans (WIPs). Proposals should specifically address the need to assist and support efforts by the state, regional, and local partners and other non-federal stakeholders to build the institutional and programmatic capacity for accelerated implementation of agricultural conservation programs. Proposals should also provide for technical and coordination support to the non-federal partners and the appropriate CBP technical workgroups for determining the best means for ensuring all implemented agricultural conservation practices are tracked, verified, reported, accounted for, and simulated in the suite of CBP partnership models. http://www.epa.gov/region3/chesapeake/grants/RFP14-05.pdf 

 

Research in Biomedicine and Agriculture Using Agriculturally Important Domestic Species
Deadline September 24

This interagency program is issued by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is to invite the submission of grant proposals that utilize agriculturally important domestic species to improve human health and animal agriculture through the advancement of basic and translational research deemed highly relevant to both agricultural and biomedical research. This initiative is designed to facilitate and encourage comparative medicine research studies through the careful selection and refinement of farm animal models that mimic human developmental, physiological, and etiological processes to better understand disease origins and improve assisted reproduction efficiencies. The anticipated outcomes include both the elucidation of fundamental information relevant for the improvement of human health and an increase in food animal production and improvement in animal health and product quality. http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/dualpurposewithdualbenefitresearchinbiomedicinea...

 

EarthScope National Office
Deadline September 26

This solicitation calls for proposals to establish a community-based EarthScope National Office. The Office will foster and support integrated science, education, outreach, and related activities for the EarthScope program; facilitate and coordinate EarthScope scientific planning and education and outreach activities; facilitate collaborative research; and when necessary, form scientific responses to “events” in EarthScope topics and/or regions of interest. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14553/nsf14553.htm

  

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture
Deadline September 30

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture is seeking full proposals for horticultural research projects related to postharvest handling, nutrition, and gender/social equity. Each project will be funded from January 1, 2015, to August 31, 2019. The Horticulture Innovation Lab will fund three projects total, one on each topic with funding limits at $1.5-$2 million over the life of each project (see details for specific limits). This request for proposals is open to principal investigators (PIs) who work at U.S. public universities who have partners in Feed the Future countrieshttp://horticulture.ucdavis.edu/main/funding.htm

 

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program: Exploratory Research Grant
Deadline September 30

This new program area encourages continuous development of innovative ideas that will position US Agriculture at the global forefront. These developments will lead to quantum leaps in the agricultural fields. They will address the challenges that have never been addressed before in the areas of food security, climate change, environmental quality and natural resources, nutrition, obesity, food safety, strong families and vibrant communities, and thriving youth. The Exploratory Program Area addresses the following priorities of the 2008 Farm Bill: A. Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; B. Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; C. Food Safety, Nutrition and Health; D. Renewable Energy, Natural Resources, and Environment; E. Agriculture, Systems and Technology; and F. Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. http://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding/rfas/pdfs/14_afri_found_mod_4_4.pdf (page 32)

 

CSX Small Grants Program for Transporting Healthy Food Grant 
Deadline October 1

CSX and The Conservation Fund are hosting a small grants program aimed at improving the transportation and distribution of fresh, healthy food to communities in need. This program will offer grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to local government and nonprofit entities that distribute fresh, local foods in the 23 states where CSX operates, including: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia.

These grants will be used to address gaps in local food distribution by providing funds to enhance delivery capabilities with support for a range of activities related to transportation, such as acquiring refrigerated vehicles for direct delivery to markets; financing “veggie vans” to bring fresh food to isolated communities; providing better access to food hubs or other sites where produce, dairy, seafood and meats can be stored safely for distribution; or purchasing produce boxes and cold storage bins to keep unsold food fresh for the next day’s farmers market or wholesale purchase. http://www.conservationfund.org/partner-with-us/corporate-partners/profi...

 

Animal Welfare Approved Good Husbandry Grants
Deadline October 1

Grants are available to improve animal welfare for Animal Welfare Approved farms, farms that have completed an application to join the program, or slaughter plants that are working with an AWA farm and/or have consented to be reviewed by AWA. Funding priorities for this cycle include: improved genetics, increased outdoor access, welfare improvements in the slaughter process, and non-lethal predator control. http://animalwelfareapproved.org/farmers/grants-for-farmers/

 

Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
Deadline October 2

Funds may be awarded up to $100,000 for a Phase I project. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. http://nifa.usda.gov/fo/sbir.cfm

 

Maryland Horse Board Grant Program
Deadline October 3

The purpose of the Maryland Horse Board Grants Program is to develop the Maryland Horse Industry by supporting research, education and promotional activities. The MHIB is accepting grant applications for FY 2015 research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Organizations eligible for MHIB grants include non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include those that develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. http://mda.maryland.gov/horseboard/Pages/grants.aspx

 

American Pastured Poultry Producers Association Scholarship
Deadline October 15

The American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (APPPA) is now accepting applications for its annual $500 scholarship/gift. The scholarship will be awarded to an individual, farm, or organization that can demonstrate an educational need directly related to pastured poultry. The scholarship may be used for any educational activity related to pastured poultry, such as expenses related to attending conferences and workshops, trainings, youth education, or on-farm trials. APPPA membership is not required to apply. http://www.apppa.org/blog/24228

 

Northeast SARE Partnership Grant
Deadline November 4

The purpose of the Partnership Grant program is to support agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers to do on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects that will add to our understanding of sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is understood to be agriculture that is profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the community. Awards of up to $15,000 are available. Contact Nevin Dawson at ndawson@umd.edu or 410-479-4030 for assistance in Maryland. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Partnership-Grant

 

Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG)
Deadline November 12

Rural Cooperative Development grants are made for establishing and operating centers for cooperative development for the primary purpose of improving the economic condition of rural areas through the development of new cooperatives and improving operations of existing cooperatives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture desires to encourage and stimulate the development of effective cooperative organizations in rural America as a part of its total package of rural development efforts. Contact the Maryland State office: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/MD_Contact_Us.htmlhttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2014/08/0177.xml

 

Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
Deadline November 17

The Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center in conjunction with the North Central, Southern, and Western Centers announces a competitive funding opportunity for educational projects designed to help agricultural producers improve their economic viability through targeted risk management strategies.  The Northeast Center expects to fund 18-month Education Projects (awards of up to $50,000, subject to availability of funds) to be conducted between April 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.  The Center also expects to fund up to 5 Exploratory/Local Level grants (maximum amount $2,000) which will be available to first-time applicants only and will utilize an abbreviated application. http://www.nerme.org/funding/apply-for-funding/

 

Northeast USDA SARE Farmer Grant
Deadline December 2

Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. Sustainable agriculture is understood to be agriculture that is profitable, environmentally sound, and beneficial to the community. Awards of up to $15,000 are available. Contact Nevin Dawson at ndawson@umd.edu or 410-479-4030 for assistance in Maryland. http://www.nesare.org/Grants/Get-a-Grant/Farmer-Grant

 

Environmental Solutions for Communities
Deadline December 10

Wells Fargo and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) seek to promote sustainable communities through Environmental Solutions for Communities by supporting highly-visible projects that link economic development and community well-being to the stewardship and health of the environment. Approximately $2.5 million is available nationwide for 2015 projects. One program priority is supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship. Strong preference will be given to applications supporting funding priorities in the specific regions and states named on the program website. Each grant will range from $25,000 to $100,000 and will be awarded to eligible entities working to help communities create a more sustainable future through responsible environmental stewardship. http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/home.aspx

 

P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet
Deadline December 16

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the P3-People, Prosperity and the Planet Award Program, is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. Approximately 35 Phase I grant awards of up to $15,000 will be offered. Upon the successful completion of Phase I, grant recipients will have the opportunity to apply for a P3 Phase II grant of up to $75,000 total for two years. Public and private degree-granting public institutions of higher education located in the United States are eligible to apply to be the recipient of a grant to support teams of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Categories this year are energy, built environment, materials and chemicals, water, urban green infrastructure, and clean cookstoves.
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2015/2015-p3.html

 

Joan Mosenthal DeWind Lepidoptera Research and Conservation Awards
Deadline December 31, 2014

The Xerces Society is accepting applications for two $3,750 awards for research into Lepidoptera conservation, from the Joan Mosenthal DeWind student research endowment fund. The DeWind Awards are given to students who are engaged in research leading to a university degree related to Lepidoptera conservation and who intend to continue to work in this field. http://www.xerces.org/joan-dewind-award/

 

ADM Cares Contributions
September 1 opens
November 30 deadline

Organizations classified as tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, or international organizations registered as charitable with their particular government, may seek funding from ADM Cares if their objectives involve  promoting agricultural development, sound environmental practices, education for children and young adults, maintaining a vibrant community or related topics. Preference will be given to groups in ADM communities that can demonstrate clear, measurable results toward stated objectives and a solid track record of success. http://www.adm.com/en-US/company/CommunityGiving/Pages/ApplyingforFundin...

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