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March 11, 2021 @ 10:55 AM

Rodale Institute & Organic Farmers Association have partnered to launch a new BIPOC Organic Farmer Micro-Grant program, open for applications now & due on March 31. 

This program is specifically targeted to support small-scale BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) farmers, whether organic, transitioning to organic, or an aspiring organic farmer. The goal of this program is to grow BIPOC farmers in the organic movement and help them succeed.  

Who’s Eligible: Any U.S.-based BIPOC farmer or aspiring farmer who is interested in organic production. Applicants will be screened by Rodale Institute and Organic Farmers Association. 

Funding Amount: Rodale Institute will fund up to $18,000...

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November 10, 2020 @ 12:47 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is now accepting applications from farmers for a second round of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) funding. 
CFAP 2 will provide $14 billion in financial assistance to farmers growing specialty crops, livestock, dairy, grain, eggs, aquaculture, nursery crops, and cut flowers.
The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept CFAP 2 applications until December 11, but funding is limited so apply today!
Producers can apply online or take applications to their county FSA office. The CFAP 2 Application Generator and Payment Calculator can be used to easily pre-generate the application and determine estimated payments.

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November 4, 2020 @ 8:52 AM

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering Rural Development Fund Grants, an opportunity to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. The grant funds are available for projects that address expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, communications, water, and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas. Individuals, organizations, businesses, local governments, federally recognized Tribes, and educational institutions are eligible to apply for matching funds up to $100,000. The total allotment ...

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February 2, 2020 @ 11:44 AM

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology,  Grain Train Natural Foods Markets and Oryana Community Co-op have teamed up to offer no-interest loans for farms and food-related businesses in 13 Northwest Michigan counties.  Farmers, agribusinesses and food business entrepreneurs are invited to apply for this microloan program. This funding is specifically aimed at enhancing the innovation and diversity of food systems in this region. Ideal candidates will propose an idea that would enhance new efforts for their farm or food business and which would also have broader community and economic impact.  Applicants can apply for loans between $500 and $10,000. Loans will have a 0% interest rate and repayment terms are dependent on the...

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June 22, 2019 @ 1:41 AM

Organic Seed Alliance has announced the launch of the new Organic Seed Producers Directory. The easy-to-use online tool was created to help connect organic seed producers with seed companies and wholesale seed buyers. Seed producers are invited to create a profile in the new directory so wholesale purchasers can connect with them. Creating a profile helps growers who want businesses to contact them to buy their wholesale quantities of seed, or who want seed companies to contact them to grow wholesale quantities of seed on contract. See https://seedalliance.org/2019/organic-seed-producers-directory-connecting-seed-growers-and-buyers/ for more information.

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March 1, 2018 @ 2:47 PM

The organic food company Annie's offers scholarships for regenerative agriculture study. According to their documentation, their program is "open to full time undergraduate and graduate students studying at an accredited two or four year college or graduate school in the U.S. for the 2018/2019 school year. Students must be focusing studies on sustainable and regenerative agriculture. International students may apply if they are attending a U.S. school." For more information, see their website.  Deadline for application is March 15.

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September 16, 2017 @ 1:23 PM

Following months of consternation by farmers and advocacy groups alike, on Monday, August 28, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finally announced its fiscal year (FY) 2017 Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG). As one of the key organizations central to the creation of VAPG as part of the 2000 Agricultural Risk Protection Act, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has provided annual “farmers’ guides” to help producers navigate the program for the last several years. This week, NSAC released an updated version of its Farmers’ Guide to Applying for the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, which is available for free on NSAC’...

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August 21, 2017 @ 12:39 AM

Food, Farm and Garden Funding: 300+ Grants, Scholarships and More in the U.S. and Canada.  Offering healthier food and menu options is now the norm, but funding is often the missing key ingredient.  With this book you can search among 300+ potential funding sources for community and school gardens, farm markets, value added products, hubs, best practice education and more.  Compiled by Pamela Burke, a successful professional grant writer with decades of experience.  Bonus sections include information about writing a grant, technical assistance providers, and other fundraising methods.  Available from amazon.com, or purchase from the author at $25 each (includes shipping/handling) by sending check payable to Pamela ...

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May 25, 2017 @ 5:08 PM

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is pleased to offer another round of Michigan Local Food Council Network Seed Grants.  Existing and developing Michigan local food or food policy councils are eligible to apply for grants of up to $5,000, or $6,000 with matching funds.  These seed grants provide a source for existing councils to expand their capacity and newly-forming councils to accelerate their development. The grant program also aims to increase connection and opportunities for peer-to-peer learning among councils through participation in the Michigan Local Food Council Network.  For complete details, see the request for proposals at http://foodsystems.msu.edu/news/michigan-local-food-council-network-seed-grant-rfp....

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April 13, 2017 @ 12:56 AM

The CCOF Foundation gives grants to higher education and vocational students pursuing organic agriculture programs, to help with tuition and educational expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in educational programs in the United States that will benefit their careers in organic agriculture, including vocational training/certificate programs, junior college/two-year degree programs, and bachelor's/four-year undergraduate degrees. Up to 33 awards of $2,500 are available.  More information here.  Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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