Current Funding Opportunities
Here are two current funding opportunities, which are due in the next few months. We are currently accepting and working on applications for both programs. Contact us directly to express your interest!
USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program
The United States Department of Agriculture announces approximately $14 million in competitive grant funds through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The grants are to be used for economic planning or working capital activities for the processing and/or marketing of value-added agricultural products. Independent producers, ag producer groups, farmer or rancher cooperatives, majority controlled producer-based businesses are all eligible to apply. Applications are due October 15, 2012.
NCR-SARE Research & Education Grant
North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NCR – SARE) is seeking pre-proposals for research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. The emphasis is on outcome-based projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices. Projects should be directed toward research results that will translate quickly into farmer benefit, and the farmers, extension staff, and other stakeholders should be involved in planning project content. Pre-proposals are due November 9, 2012.