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
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, Education and Outreach
Eligible Region:
USA
Award Amount:
Varies
7-6-2020
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
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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Conservation Stewardship Program

The Conservation Stewardship Program is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance ‐ the higher the performance, the higher the payment. Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve the resource conditions on their land—including soil, air and habitat quality, water quality and quantity, and energy conservation. 

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Individuals, Legal Entities, Joint Operations, or Native Tribes
Award Amount:
See annual payment formula
6-1-2020
Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and innovative ways to transfer conservation methods from one geographic area or ag sector to another. In 2020, Pennsylvania NRCS is prioritizing proposals that improve the “technical toolbox” to address the following on-farm resource concerns: non-industrial private forestland, urban farming, and soil health.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Government Agencies, Non-profit Organizations, Individuals
Award Amount:
$5,000 to $75,000
6-29-2020
Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers in a manner that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through EQIP, agricultural producers receive financial and technical assistance to implement structural and management conservation practices that optimize environmental benefits on working agricultural land.

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland
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Conservation Reserve Program

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) provide technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and landowners to address soil, water, wildlife, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The programs provide assistance in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. Both programs are administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning, and technical assistance for practice implementation and maintenance. 

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
Pennsylvania
Eligible Applicants:
Most rural, unforested areas within 180-feet of streams, ponds, lakes, and wetlands with open water are eligible
Award Amount:
$40-350 per acre per year in rental payment
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Regional Conservation Partnership Program

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to deliver conservation assistance to producers and landowners through partnership agreements, program contracts, or conservation easement agreements.
 

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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
See grant link for a map of eligible areas
Eligible Applicants:
Farmers and Landowners OR Eligible Partner Organizations, including: Farmer Cooperatives, State or local governments, Native Tribes, Water Districts, Municipal water and wastewater treatment entities, Higher education institutions, other established NGOs
Award Amount:
$250,000 - $10 million
5-29-2020
Conservation Collaboration Grants

The purpose of Conservation Outreach Grants or Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to assist historically underserved farmers and ranchers and assist farmers and ranchers to improve, restore or maintain natural resources that:

  1. Improve soil health.
  2. Improve water quality.
  3. Provide habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
  4. Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
  5. Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
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Funder:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Area of Interest:
Agriculture, Stormwater
Eligible Region:
U.S.A.
Eligible Applicants:
501(c)(3) nonprofits, higher education, or an individual.
Award Amount:
$250,000 - $1 million
2/7/2020
Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership

USDA is making available up to $40 million in technical and financial assistance to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands. Restored wetlands improve water quality downstream and improve wildlife habitat, while also providing flood prevention and recreational benefits to communities.

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Funder:
USDA Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
Area of Interest:
Agriculture
Eligible Region:
National
Eligible Applicants:
Agricultural landowners
Award Amount:
No min or max
6/14/2019

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