University of Maryland Extension

Ag-related Grant programs

Below is a list of grant programs with an agricultural focus that are currently accepting applications. This list is updated as deadlines pass and new programs are announced, and is not intended to be exhaustive. Please submit unlisted programs to Nevin Dawson at

Past grant programs are archived here. They may be helpful in planning for future grant-funded programs, although there is no guarantee that they will be offered again.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area
LOI due July 14, 2016
Deadline September 22, 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Bioenergy and Bioproducts (SBEBP) Challenge Area Program for fiscal year 2016. In the SBEBP Challenge Area, specific program areas are designed to achieve the long term outcome of reducing the national dependence on foreign oil through the development and production of regionally appropriate sustainable bioenergy systems that materially deliver advanced liquid transportation biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $21 million.


Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund
Deadline July 15, 2016

The Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) offers important financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. For Fiscal Year 2017, the RMC is particularly interested in proposals that address the following: Agriculture, Energy, Rural Broadband, Healthcare, Youth Engagement, and Workforce/Economic Development.


Merck Family Fund
LOI due July 18, 2016
Deadline August 1, 2016

The Fund aims to: restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come; and strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community. The priority areas of support include: Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land, Making Paper Production Sustainable, Promoting Energy Efficiency, and Urban Farming and Youth Leadership. Urban Farming and Youth Leadership: 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.


AFRI Pests and Beneficial Species in Agricultural Production Systems
Deadline July 21, 2016

The goal of this program area priority is to elucidate the fundamental ecological, molecular, biological and/or chemical processes affecting the abundance and spread of plant-associated pests (insects, nematodes, pathogens and weeds) and healthy populations of beneficial species (pollinators and biological control agents) in agricultural production systems (including croplands, managed forests and rangelands); and to increase our understanding of multi-trophic interactions between plants, pests, and/or beneficial species. Pollinators may include honey bees (Apis mellifera) and other managed bees, wild bees (both native and introduced species), butterflies and other pollinating insects, birds and bats. Studies involving invasive and newly emerging pests as well as established pest species are encouraged. This research is expected to lead to the development of novel, innovative and environmentally-sound ways to manage agriculturally-important pests and beneficial species.


AFRI Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production
Deadline July 28, 2016

This program area priority will support public breeding efforts to improve crop productivity, efficiency, quality, performance, and/or local adaptation. Both conventional and genomics enabled plant breeding will be supported. These efforts should address the priority needs identified by the USDA Roadmap for Plant Breeding. Proposals must address one or more of the following priorities: Pre-breeding and germplasm enhancement; Cultivar development; Selection theory; Applied quantitative genetics; or Participatory breeding.


Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers
Deadline July 29, 2016

The overall goal of this program is to assist 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. This program will assist eligible community-based and non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, and tribal entities with grants of $1,000 to $200,000 for providing outreach and technical assistance to socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers. A total of $8.4 million is available.


American Orchid Society Research and Conservation
Deadline August 1, 2016

AOS awards grants for the purposes of advancing the conservation and preservation of orchids in every aspect, and/or advance the scientific study of orchids in every respect including horticulture, as well as to assist in the publication of scholarly and popular scientific literature on orchids.


Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
Deadline August 1, 2016 (electronic)
Deadline August 5, 2016 (mail)

USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service announces the availability of $3 million in competitive grant funds for the FY 2016 Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program, formerly known as the Small Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant program. Proposals are sought from applicants who will provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Applications that direct grants to projects based in or serving census tracts with poverty rates greater than or equal to 20% are encouraged. Eligible applicants include Cooperatives, Groups of Cooperatives, and Cooperative Development Centers.


AgrAbility - Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities
Deadline August 2, 2016

The AgrAbility program increases the likelihood that farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities will experience success in agricultural production. The program supports projects between State Cooperative Extension System and private non-profit disability organizations who work in partnership to provide agricultural education and assistance directed at accommodating disability in farm operations for individuals with disabilities, and their families, who engage in farming and farm-related occupations. Applications may be submitted only by Cooperative Extension Services at 1862 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities and 1890 Land-Grant Colleges and Universities.


AFRI Tools and Resources - Animal Breeding, Genetics and Genomics
Deadline August 3, 2016

Program Area Priority: Development of community genetic and genomic tools and resources, including software, experimental protocols and breeding methods, which can be applied to advance basic biology and improve animal health and production. Tools and resources may focus on: Improvement of genome assembly; Novel quantitative genetic methods including selection theory and modeling; or Functional annotation of animal genomes (FAANG).


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area
Deadline August 3, 2016

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is accepting applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Food Safety Challenge Area. 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. 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 FY 2016, applications are sought in the following priority areas: (1) Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance (2) 5-Year Assessment of the AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $6 million.


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative--Water for Agriculture Challenge Area
Deadline August 4, 2016

This Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Challenge Area addresses 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. Priority funding areas are identified online. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2016 is approximately $10.7 million.


AFRI Improving Food Safety
Deadline August 10, 2016

Applicants must address one or more of the following: a) Develop and validate novel concentration and purification methods for the rapid, lowcost, and efficient isolation or capture of foodborne hazards (viable or infectious human pathogens, chemicals, microbial toxins, or engineered inorganic nanoparticles) from foods or environmental samples related to food production, harvesting, processing, transportation and storage. This can include irrigation and processing water, soil, manure, and food contact surfaces. Proposals addressing the development and validation of methods that are effective in multiple matrices and for multiple foodborne pathogens are encouraged. b) Develop or improve and validate foodborne hazard detection methods. Where appropriate, methods that are quantitative or can be used in-line, in-field, or in-plant, or can detect infectious or viable foodborne pathogens are encouraged. Validation studies that include food or environmental samples appropriate for the foodborne hazard are required. c) Control foodborne hazards in foods using a risk-based approach to evaluate or develop economical and adoptable control strategies aimed at reducing the incidence of the foodborne hazard(s) during production, harvest, post-harvest storage, or processing. d) Identify and characterize emerging or under-researched hazards that are known or expected to cause foodborne disease. In addition to the priorities listed above, NIFA and the National Peanut Board are seeking to co-fund projects that improve diagnostic methods for peanut and food allergies.


AFRI Physiology of Agricultural Plants
Deadline August 11, 2016

This program area priority will support projects that use molecular, biochemical, whole-plant,
agronomic or eco-physiological approaches to improve plant productivity or performance
through studies on: Plant growth and developmental processes; Mechanisms of plant response to abiotic stresses; Photosynthetic efficiency, carbon assimilation and/or source-sink relationship; Primary and secondary metabolism in agriculturally-important plants and associated
weeds, with particular relevance to nutritional quality of food and feed and economicallyimportant
traits including traits with potential benefits in weed control; and Nutrient uptake (macronutrients and/or micronutrients), assimilation, accumulation and/or utilization.


AFRI Economics, Markets and Trade
Deadline August 11, 2016

This priority research area encourages the development of theories, methods and applications of economics. It encourages applications in the following broad areas: agricultural marketstructure and performance; international trade; agricultural production and resource use; consumer behavior; farm labor and immigration and policy; agricultural policy design and impacts; technology development and adoption; and science and innovation policy.


Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
Deadline August 15, 2016

The Trust is interested in funding organizations pursuing the following activities: The advancement of research in ornamental horticulture and the publication of the results of such research; Assisting in the creation, development, preservation, and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public for educational purposes; Promotion of the environmentally responsible introduction, cultivation, and distribution of plants which have ornamental horticultural value; Assisting in the publication of books or other works relating to the science of horticulture; and Informal and/or formal educational activities which further ornamental horticulture.


AFRI Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Deadline August 16, 2016

This Program Area Priority examines the interrelationship of natural resources and the environment with agriculture and rural communities. Research projects funded through this priority will advance economic theories, methods, tools, analyses and applications that contribute to understanding an ecological approach to agriculture (including forestry and aquaculture) embracing production and sustainable resource management simultaneously.


AFRI Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance
Deadline August 17, 2016

Applicants must address the following: Conduct research to improve our knowledge and understanding of the basic science that underpins the development and functionality of alternatives to traditional antimicrobials currently used in agriculture. This will mitigate the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in crops and animals or the spread of antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.


AFRI Foundational Knowledge of Agricultural Production Systems
Deadline August 17, 2016

This program area priority supports research advancing our understanding of cropland, managed forest, and rangeland production systems. Research supported by this priority will address critical or process-limiting dynamics that occur among and within the various management components of the production system. This research is expected to lead to the development of innovative solutions to problems limiting or threatening the productivity, efficiency, and sustainability of the selected production system.


National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety Grants
Deadline August 17, 2016

Proposals are now being accepted for mini-grants up to $20,000 to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury. The National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety plans to award three grants. Priority will be given to projects that identify and/or address emerging trends in agriculture that may pose risks to children, such as drones, robotics, community-based agriculture, urban agriculture and agritourism; address issues pertaining to barriers, motivators and interventions for keeping young children out of the farm worksite; and address vulnerable populations, such as immigrant workers' children, Anabaptists, African Americans, and Native Americans.


Farm Bill Section 10007 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program
Deadline August 19, 2016

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is implementing Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment. Under Section 10007, APHIS provides funding to strengthen the nation's infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, while working to safeguard the nursery production system. APHIS is inviting stakeholders to submit applications for fiscal year (FY) 2017 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs. There will be $62.5 million available in FY17 with at least $5 million going to the National Clean Plant Network.


AFRI Foundational: Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities
Deadline August 31, 2016

This AFRI Foundational Program Area of Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities (AERC) supports projects involving rigorous research and analysis that improves the sustainability of agricultural and related activities in rural areas, protects the environment, enhances quality of life, and alleviates poverty. Topical issues include, but are not limited to, the interactions between agriculture, environment and communities in rural areas; demographic changes and impacts; consumer preferences or behavior; decision-making under uncertainty; market structure and performance; policy design and impact; or agricultures impact on the environment. The AERC Program Area primarily supports social and behavioral science disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, history, geography and others. Interdisciplinary efforts involving social and nonsocial science disciplines are also invited. Domestic and international partnerships that leverage resources and are mutually beneficial to the applicant, other U.S. states, or other countries are encouraged.


AFRI Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities
Deadline August 31, 2016

Rural businesses and communities in the United States are facing new and emerging opportunities and challenges arising from, for example, bioenergy and natural gas developments, dramatic demographic shifts, and advances in technology and communication. This Program Area Priority is designed to support rigorous conceptual and theoretical research and extension activities to develop and apply new knowledge to advance economic opportunity and improve the well-being of people involved in agriculture, food systems and rural communities. Projects may evaluate the institutional, sociological, or economic factors affecting decision making and the adoption of private strategies and public policy options to enhance the well-being and resilience of agricultural and food businesses and rural communities. Projects may also explore strategies to promote community and regional innovation in youth entrepreneurship, workforce development and address community and human capital challenges, poverty and income inequality, including through the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics/Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics (STEM/STEAM), in rural areas. This program focuses mainly on entrepreneurs and small businesses (2-99 employees) who are important sources of employment, and/or on other issues “beyond the farm gate” (for projects that focus mainly on farms, see program area priority, Small and Medium-Sized Farms, A1601).


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Research Fellowships
Deadline September 10, 2016

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme. The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas. Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes: Managing Natural Capital for the Future, Managing Risks in a Connected World, and Transformational Technologies and Innovation.


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference Sponsorship
Deadline September 10, 2016

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for funding towards a conference (or workshop, symposium, etc) to take place in a member country of the Co-operative Research Programme. The aim of the Conference Sponsorship scheme is to inform policy makers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas. Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes: Managing Natural Capital for the Future, Managing Risks in a Connected World, and Transformational Technologies and Innovation.


National Sheep Industry Improvement Center 
Deadline September 15, 2016

Grant funding can be used on activities designed to strengthen and enhance the production and marketing of sheep and sheep products in the United States through infrastructure development, business development, production, resource development, and market and environmental research. Financial assistance provided by the Center must accomplish one or more of the following objectives: Strengthen and improve long-term sustainability of the lamb and wool industry's infrastructure by increasing the numbers in production; Provide integration of performance/production data from sources that can help enhance the National Sheep Improvement Program; Provide leadership training and education to producers and packers within the sheep industry; Enhance sheep production by improving infrastructure of the U.S. sheep industry through assistance to all segments of the industry to address sustainable production and marketing of sheep milk, meat, fiber and related services such as grazing for fire management and pasture improvements; Promote lamb marketing through an organized method that can measure tangible results; or Enhance the sheep industry by coordinating information exchange and seeking mutual understanding and marketing within the international industry community. 


Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health
LOI due September 30, 2016
Deadline December 1, 2016

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) invites applications for Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health (Ag Centers). Ag Centers are expected to conduct high quality research and help translate scientific discoveries into practical applications to improve worker safety and health in the areas of agriculture, forestry, and fishing. Center functions should include developing integrated approaches that link basic science with translation and outreach activities. Center structure should take advantage of diverse scientific resources and focus on local, regional, and/or national worker safety and health issues. Centers should place emphasis on the creation and implementation of evidence-based solutions that address important agricultural safety and health problems. Collaborations with other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and other occupational safety and health focused groups are expected.


Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I
Deadline October 6, 2016

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.


MARBIDCO Maryland Value Added Producer Grants for Capital Assets
Deadline October 18, 2016

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO) has announced a grant incentive funding opportunity to encourage Maryland's agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations by installing capital assets (equipment and fixtures) to make a product that is “value added.” Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer or processor, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor, and have been in business for a minimum of two years. MARBIDCO will offer grants of between $2,500 and $15,000, distributed on a competitive basis, for capital projects that help farmers, forest product operations, and seafood processors to expand or diversify their business operations. The financial match required from the rural business must be at least equal to the amount requested from MARBIDCO.


Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

Deadline November 17, 2016

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.


Rolling Deadlines 

AFRI Foundational: Exploratory Research

This program area encourages continuous development of innovative ideas that will position U.S. 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.


Fats and Proteins Research Foundation
Deadline every March 15 and September 15

FPRF funds projects working towards enhanced current usage and the development of new uses for rendered animal products. Long-term view: The research objectives for rendered by-products should be directed toward solving a significant problem, improving product safety/quality, chemical or biological modifications to increase value or nutritional studies to improve their utilization in animal diets. Near-term view: FPRF has decided to focus work in aquaculture, swine, and poultry nutrition aiming directly at gaps in the current knowledge necessary for diet formulators, including critical work in nutritional characteristics of rendered products. Significant research funding will be dedicated to these nutrition studies. Any research institution can compete for these funds by submitting “at-large” proposals to FPRF. At-large proposals outside the priority topics outlined above will be considered, as will at-large proposals on biosecurity or new uses from institutions outside of ACREC, but a very compelling case will need to be made for FPRF to shift intended priorities.


CS Fund: Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty emphasizes the right of people to define their own localized, culturally appropriate, and ecologically sound food and agriculture systems. Food sovereignty is deeply connected to global struggles for a more socially just and sustainable world and integrates some of the most critical issues facing humanity into a clear mandate for action. CSF and WML's Food Sovereignty program area is grounded in traditional agricultural knowledge and agroecological practices. The foundations' grantmaking focuses on three cornerstones of agrobiodiversity and food system resilience: Preserving native and heirloom seeds, Building healthy and fertile soils, and Protecting and restoring the populations and diversity of native pollinators. This program makes most of its grants to organizations working in the Global South.


Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

We support democratic and inclusive grassroots organizations and movements of affected communities that engage in community organizing and advocacy and connect local concerns with broader, systemic issues. One of our focus topic areas is Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, with priority for projects that advocate for public policies that advance sustainable farm and food systems and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to sustainable farming and food systems; increase community control over food systems to advance local food production, regional processing and distribution, just jobs, fair trade, and resource-efficient processes along the food value chain; counter the further corporate concentration of food production and the industrialization of agriculture; or develop and implement a market place framework that includes the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental indicators.


Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education Micro Grants

The Organic Crop Improvement Association Research & Education (OCIA R&E) is calling for micro grant proposals pertaining to organic research and/or education. Micro grant awards range up to $1,500. Projects must pertain to organic research and/or education and be of benefit to OCIA certified members. Proposals are reviewed each March 15 and November 15, but may be submitted year round.


MAVA Foundation

About 65% of the MAVA funds to be allocated in 2013-2015 will be allocated to projects in the Mediterranean, Coastal West Africa, and the Alpine Arc including all of Switzerland. MAVA also allocates some funds to the “Sustainable Economy” programme to address the impact of the relentless search for economic growth on natural resources and biodiversity. This does not mean that doors are closed to initiatives that reach beyond the focal regions or Sustainable Economy programme. Such projects would come under the global conservation category and will tackle global conservation threats or address framework conditions for conservation or global policy. MAVA has defined the following strategic priorities: Conserving biodiversity and ecosystem functions, Promoting sustainable Management and use of natural resources, and Fostering a strong and effective conservation community.


CS Fund/Warsh-Mott Legacy

The Food Sovereignty program area is grounded in traditional agricultural knowledge and agroecological practices. The foundations' grantmaking focuses on three cornerstones of agrobiodiversity and food system resilience: Preserving native and heirloom seeds; Building healthy and fertile soils; and Protecting and restoring the populations and diversity of native pollinators. This program makes most of its grants to organizations working in the Global South.


World Community Grid

Grid technology enables researchers to access tremendous amounts of power, exceeding that of several supercomputers, to run complex computations and to accelerate the pace of their research. World Community Grid supports research that is: focused on solving problems to benefit humanity; conducted by public or nonprofit organizations; contributed to the public domain; and accelerated by grid computing technology. Research projects that benefit from grid technology are those that perform computations that require millions of computer processing units (CPUs) and that can be divided into smaller independent computations. Ag-related focal topics include information on improving crop yields and livestock production, evaluation of the supply of critical natural resources such as water, meteorology and severe weather prediction, pollution remediation, climate modeling, and others. Research that has the potential to assist economically disadvantaged communities and those in developing countries or to provide the initial research that can open new fields of inquiry will have priority.


Cargill Corporate Giving

We provide grants to select national and global nonprofit and nongovernmental (NGOs) partners that serve communities in which we have a business presence. We support partners working within the following three focus areas. Food Security and Nutrition: We support partners working to address hunger, improve nutrition and increase agricultural productivity. Education: We support programs and projects that improve access to primary and secondary education for children; build skills in science, technology and engineering; and partnerships with higher education institutions in the areas of agriculture, food security and food safety. Environmental stewardship: We partner with organizations that demonstrate global leadership in protecting our natural resources and promote sustainable agricultural practices in our communities and supply chains.

Wallace Genetic Foundation

The Wallace Genetic Foundation is particularly interested in far-sighted groups and individuals with innovative ideas, and seeks to fund organizations whose work promises to provide long-term national or global benefit. Areas of interest include Sustainable agriculture, Farmland preservation, Conservation of natural resources, Biodiversity protection, Reduction of environmental toxins, and Global climate issues.


Daylilly Student Research Grant
April 1 and September 1 annual deadlines

The American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) is pleased to solicit applications from graduate or undergraduate students or faculty/staff using daylilies (plant genus Hemerocallis) as experimental organisms in original research project. A typical grant award to successful candidate(s) is no more than $5,000 for the calendar year. All aspects of scientific research on Hemerocallis will be considered. Fundamental areas of investigation are encouraged; examples are Banded chromosome preparations, Gene mapping, Fine structural studies of vegetative or reproductive parts, Microscopic analysis of the ontogeny of flower scapes in the crown, and Effect of various hormones on plant growth and formation of proliferations on scapes. Likewise, practical areas of study are encouraged, such as Hardiness of various cultivars in different climatic zones, Use of microtubule degradants to produce polyploids, Seed dormancy factors, and Pests and diseases.


Johnny's Selected Seeds

Each year Johnny's Selected Seeds provides financial support to national and local agricultural, educational, and horticultural programs, events, and efforts. To qualify for consideration, the requesting organization or program must either: Be an agricultural needs-based organization that actively participates in Educating people, teaching growing or farming practices and techniques for long-term impact (e.g., schools, agricultural workshops, community programs); Providing locally-grown produce to communities by working with communities to grow produce to feed themselves; Supporting and promoting healthy eating habits; Protecting seed diversity and breeding work; Supporting organic and sustainable growing practices and techniques; or Other appropriate agricultural or horticultural programs or efforts, at the discretion of the Charitable Giving Committee.


FDA Scientific Conference Grant Program
Deadline January 15 and June 15 every year

The FDA recognizes the value of supporting high quality, small conferences and scientific meetings relevant to its mission and to the public health. A small conference or scientific meeting is defined as a symposium, seminar, workshop, or any formal meeting, whether conducted face-to-face or virtually to exchange information and explore a defined subject, issue, or area of concern impacting the public's health within the scope of the FDA's mission. Support of such meetings is contingent upon the fiscal and programmatic interests and priorities of the FDA's respective Offices and Centers.


The Harry Chapin Foundation

The Harry Chapin Foundation funds 501(c)(3) not-for-profit programs that operate in the United States that fall within the areas of Community Education Programs, Arts-In-Education Programs, and Agricultural and Environmental Programs. Grant sizes range from a few hundred dollars to a maximum of $10,000. The Foundation Board meets three times a year on an as-needed basis.


Earth Sciences: Instrumentation and Facilities

The Instrumentation and Facilities Program in the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR/IF) supports meritorious requests for infrastructure that promotes research and education in areas supported by the Division EAR/IF will consider proposals for: 1) Acquisition or Upgrade of Research Equipment, 2) Development of New Instrumentation, Techniques or Software, 3) Support of National or Regional Multi-User Facilities and 4) Support for Early Career Investigators.


Market Access Program (MAP) Brand Promotion

The Market Access Program (MAP) Brand was designed for small businesses that desire financial support to launch a new branded export effort. For accepted participants, Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA) reimburses up to 50% of certain international marketing and promotion expenses, including eligible tradeshows, in-store displays, and required label changes. The application process opens August 1 the year prior to the program year and continues on a rolling basis throughout the program year. Once all the funding is allocated, the application process is over until the next year.


Maryland Urban Agriculture Commercial Lending Incentive Grant Program 

The Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (“MARBIDCO”) was created with a mission to assist Maryland’s farm, forestry, and seafood businesses with achieving profitability and sustainability, promoting agricultural entrepreneurship, and nurturing emerging food and fiber markets. MARBIDCO has partnered with MidAtlantic Farm Credit to establish and manage a fund to offer grants of between $1,000 and $7,500 for projects designed to help beginning urban farmers (defined below) to start or improve their business operations. A total of $75,000 is available for distribution this year.


Local Government Ag/RBI Project Cost Share Program

MARBIDCO strives to have a close working relationship with local and regional economic development offices recognizing the important role that these offices can play in fostering the retention and growth of Maryland’s existing and emerging agricultural and resource-based businesses. To lend support to local rural business development efforts, as well as to provide guidance to county and municipal economic development officials, MARBIDCO has created a grant program to match rural business development investments being made by local governments and rural regional development councils.



Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

USDA is accepting applications for loans and grants to support business expansion, create jobs, and increase economic opportunities in rural communities through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. Funding to support $14.190 million in loans and $2.086 million in grants is currently available. RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to help microentrepreneurs – very small businesses with 10 or fewer employees – access capital to start or grow businesses. MDOs use the funds to provide training and technical assistance to small businesses or to establish revolving loan funds that provide micro-loans, typically $5,000 to $50,000, to rural microentrepreneurs. Applications must be received on the last day prior to the beginning of each Federal fiscal quarter to be considered for funding in that quarter.


Coming Soon

Cedar Tree Foundation

The Cedar Tree Foundation is a small family fund whose grant making focuses on sustainable agriculture, environmental education, and environmental health. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals, but welcomes letters of inquiry for U.S.-based work from non-profit organizations working within its program areas. Letters of inquiry are currently not being accepted while the Foundation undergoes a strategic planning process through the year of 2016. It is expected that letters of inquiry will again be accepted in 2017.

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