Grants

Upcoming grant & award deadlines from PA Environment Digest: http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=45853&SubjectID=

Grant Program Fundersort descending Area of Interest Eligible Region Eligible Applicants Award Amount Date Due
Conservation Outreach: Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Outreach and Partnerships Division (OPD) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership and funding to ensure that all programs and services are made accessible to all NRCS customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and landowners. In this Request for Applications (RFA), NRCS requests applications for four OPD priority areas through the Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements. The goal of this outreach is for NRCS in collaboration with partners to expand the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, limited resource, beginning, tribal and veteran. Proposals should support activities that introduce the concepts of climate-smart agriculture and to assist producers with planning and implementation of conservation practices and principles.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
United States
Eligible Applicants:
Native American tribal governments and organizations, Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations, private and public institutions of higher education, individuals
Award Amount:
$100,000 - $1,000,000
10-25-2021
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

The purpose of the Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program is to increase the knowledge of agricultural science. The program’s goal is to increase the capacity for food, garden, and nutrition education while fostering higher levels of community engagement between farms and school systems by bringing together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system. The initiative is part of a broader effort to not only increase access to school meals for low-income children, but also to dramatically improve their quality.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
State agricultural experiment stations; colleges and universities; university research foundations; other research institutions and organizations; Federal agencies; national laboratories; private organizations, foundations, or corporations; individuals
Award Amount:
Up to $225,000
05/03/2021
Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on May 6th, 2020 the availability of $3 million for grants through its new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories: 

  • Planning Projects ($1 million for projects that initiate or expand efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs.)
  • Implementation Projects ($2 million for projects that accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers.)
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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship
Eligible Region:
USA
Award Amount:
Varies
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Outreach & Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers & Ranchers

This program provides federal grants to assist organizations that work with farmers of color and military veterans in owning and operating successful farms. They can also be used to help historically underserved farmers directly access USDA programs. 

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
USA
Eligible Applicants:
Community-based organizations, networks, & coalitions; Land Grant Institutions; Hispanic serving institutions; Tribal governments, organizations, & community colleges; other institutions of higher education
Award Amount:
Up to $250,000
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Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities

The new Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities opportunity will finance pilot projects that create market opportunities for U.S. agricultural and forestry products that use climate-smart practices and include innovative, cost-effective ways to measure and verify greenhouse gas benefits. USDA is now accepting project applications for fiscal year 2022.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Applicants:
A range of public and private entities may apply
Award Amount:
250,000 - 1,000,000
04/08/2022
Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of: drinking water, sewer, solid waste, and stormwater collection, transmission, treatment, and/or disposal.

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Funder:
USDA
Area of Interest:
Pathogens and Point Source
Eligible Region:
Rural towns with populations less than 10,000 in the U.S.A.
Eligible Applicants:
State and local governments, non-profits, federally-recognized tribes
Award Amount:
Long-term, low-interest loans. If funds are available, a grant may be combined with a loan if necessary to keep user costs reasonable.
Year-round applications accepted
National Water Quality Initiative

The EQIP National Water Quality Initiative will assist producers to address high-priority water resource concerns in watersheds identified as impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This strategic approach will leverage funds and provide streamlined assistance to help individual agricultural producers take needed actions to reduce the flow of sediment, nutrients and other runoff into impaired waterways.

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Funder:
USDA - NRCS
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
priority watersheds
Year-round applications accepted
Healthy Forest Reserve Program

HFRP provides landowners with 10-year restoration agreements and 30-year or permanent easements for specific conservation actions. For acreage owned by an American Indian tribe, there is an additional enrollment option of a 30-year contract. Some landowners may avoid regulatory restrictions under the Endangered Species Act by restoring or improving habitat on their land for a specified period of time.

HFRP applicants must provide proof of ownership, or an operator (tenant) must provide written concurrence from the landowner of tenancy for the period of the HFRP restoration agreement in order to be eligible. Land enrolled in HFRP easements must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.

Land enrolled in HFRP easements - must be privately owned or owned by Indian tribes and restore, enhance or measurably increase the recovery of threatened or endangered species, improve biological diversity or increase carbon storage.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Abandoned Mine Drainage, Agriculture, Engagement & Stewardship, Pathogens and Point Source, Stormwater, Watershed Land Protection
Eligible Region:
U.S. and U.S. Territories
Eligible Applicants:
Landowners
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Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program

The primary goal of the UAIP projects is to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. The UAIP grants being made available for application under this NFO support planning and implementation activities. Planning activities will initiate, develop, or support the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, members of tribal communities, and other stakeholders in areas where access to fresh foods are limited or unavailable. Implementation activities will accelerate existing and emerging models of urban and/or innovative agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. Innovation may include new and emerging, as well as indigenous or non-traditional agricultural practices.

Grants can include Planning or Implementation activities:

Planning Activities
Planning activities may include:

  • assessing community needs within the local food system;
  • researching how food is grown, distributed, or marketed and/or recommending safe growing practices such as soil tests and environmental assessments.
  • evaluating how urban agriculture and innovative production can address issues of food access, nutrition, education, conservation, and economic development.
  • creating partnerships to improve growing, distributing and marketing of nutritious food;
  • conducting business planning, feasibility studies, and other strategies, such as community resource development;
  • developing local policy on zoning laws supporting urban agriculture and innovative production; and/or
  • creating educational materials and programs that increase knowledge about food and agriculture and encourage careers in urban agriculture and innovative production;

Implementation Activities
Implementation activities may include:

  • increasing food production
  • promoting agricultural businesses
  • providing mentoring, job training, and resources for underserved populations;
  • implementing best practices to address food access, zoning, composting, land access, soil health;
  • integrating emerging technologies, infrastructure needs (such as access to water and utilities);
  • supporting community education about food systems, nutrition, agriculture production, and environment impact;
  • operating community gardens or nonprofit farms that offer hands-on training in farming or gardening through virtual or web-based formats; and/or
  • providing K-12 schools with educational resources or programs that increase student knowledge and access to locally grown foods.

For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for information about steps required before applying via Grants.gov.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments County governments Special district governments Independent school districts Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) Native American tribal organizations
Award Amount:
$75,000 - $350,000
04/09/2024
Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides funding assistance to help agricultural producers reduce risk by voluntarily installing conservation practices to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Applicants must have an interest in an agricultural operation, either as a producer of crops or livestock, or as an owner of land.
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