Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation

Environment and Health Program
One of the priority areas for funding under the Environment and Health Program is to support initiatives for sustainability in agriculture and food systems. There are two funding cycles each year, one in May/June and one in November. Please visit the website to submit an LOI.

Kresge Foundation

Fresh, Local & Equitable: Food as a Creative Platform for Neighborhood Revitalization
Funding opportunities are available for food-oriented initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression and health in low-income neighborhoods.

Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grants

Deadline:  October 31 of each year

(Eligible cities in Virginia: Big Island, Brookneal, Emporia, Jarratt, Martinsville, Skippers)

Georgia-Pacific Foundation Grants will be awarded to organizations with projects that focus on one of the Foundation’s four priority areas: Education, Environment, Community Enrichment, and Entrepreneurship.  Learn more here.

Farm Aid Grants for Family Farm Agriculture

Deadline: LOI due May 1st of each year.

In 2012, Farm Aid granted $527,800 to 66 family farm organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia; grants ranged from $3,000 to $20,000. Farm Aid provides grants to nonprofit (family farm and rural service) organizations that fulfill the goals of three different programs: Helping Farmers Thrive, Taking Action to Change the System, and Growing the Good Food Movement. Visit website:

Institute for Rural America’s Seize the Moment Grants,

Deadline: rolling
Seize the Moment offers small grants designed for nonprofits needing to take quick action on issues that arise.  These issues may call for immediate organizing or action that cannot be predicted and are not budgeted.  In some cases it is crucial to act immediately to address the issue and take advantage of an organizing or teaching opportunity.  Maximum grant is $250.  Learn more here.

Fund-a-Farmer Project

Deadline to Apply:  May 1st of each year.

The Fund-a-Farmer Project, a project of Food Animal Concerns Trust, awards grants of up to $1,500 for projects that help family farmers transition to pasture-based systems, improve the marketing of their humane products, or more generally to enrich the conditions in which the farm animals are raised.  Grants will be made only to farmers for a project on a working, independent family farm.  Visit the Website for more information.

NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant

Pre-proposals Postmarked by:  March each year, check website.

The Conservation Innovation Grants program is intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.  Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration.  Visit the NRCS Grant page for more information.

Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program – Organic Transitions (ORG)

Deadline: April of each year, check website.

What is it: 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.  Practices and systems to be addressed include those associated with organic crops, organic animal production, and organic systems integrating plant and animal production.  Visit the Website for more info.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants

SARE grants support farmer innovation, on-farm research, sustainable community projects, and university research. They’re aimed to improve traditional sustainable agriculture practices, explore sustainable food systems strategies, broaden market conduits, and explore alternative systems, tools, and crops. Producers, community development people, agencies, and nonprofits, researchers, students can access these grants.

Funding Available to Support Outreach to Underserved Farmers

Deadline: July 29, 2016

The fiscal year (FY) 2016 FOA has five priority areas, and all project proposals must address at least two of them:

  • Assist socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating successful farms and ranches;
  • Improve participation among socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers in USDA programs;
  • Build relationships between current and prospective socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers and USDA’s local, state, regional and National offices;
  • Introduce agriculture-related information to socially disadvantaged or veteran farmers and ranchers through innovative outreach and technical assistance techniques; and
  • Introduce agricultural education targeting socially disadvantaged youth and beginning farmers and farmworkers, including but not limited to StrikeForce and Promise Zone areas.

The priority on youth projects in targeted zones has been designated by USDA as high-priority, and is a new focus of the program this year.

Grant projects cannot exceed $200,000 and must be limited to one year. Applicants can, however, propose a multi-year initiative, but it will only be funded for one year at a time and must re-compete for future funding in subsequent funding cycles.

Organizations may only submit one proposal for funding. No match is required.

Non-profit and community-based organizations are eligible and encouraged to apply for funding from this program.

For more information, please see the Funding Opportunity Announcement.