All Grant Opportunities
USDA NIFA. Strengthens teaching, research and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 land-grant institutions. Total funding: ~$18 million/yr. Deadline: Winter.
AFRI Climate Variability and Change
USDA NIFA. Supports activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase carbon sequestration in agricultural and forest production systems, and prepare the nation’s agriculture and forests to adapt to variable climates. Total funding: ~$12 million. Deadline: mid-December.
November 13, 2012 AFRI Food Safety Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Promotes and enhances the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall aim of protecting consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur during all stages of the food chain. Total funding: ~$10 million. Deadline: Dec. 5, 2012.
May 20, 2013 AFRI Food Security Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Focusing on food availability and accessibility, this program seeks projects that reduce pre- and post-harvest losses caused by diseases, insects, and weeds in crop and animal production systems. Total funding: ~$5 million. Deadline: July 17, 2013.
October 15, 2012 AFRI Foundational Program
USDA NIFA. Supports research grants in the six AFRI priority areas to build foundational knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $136 million. Deadlines vary for each program area. Please see RFA for details.
AFRI Sustainable Bioenergy
USDA NIFA. Supports the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of bioenergy and biobased products that contribute significantly to reducing dependence on foreign oil, have net positive social, environmental, and rural economic impacts, and are compatible with existing agricultural systems. Total funding: $11 million. Deadline: mid-December.
March 31, 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
USDA NIFA. Addresses key problems of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of agriculture. See program synopsis for deadlines, and funding available in specific areas.
November 12, 2013 Agriculture Energy Efficiency Research and Evaluation of Technology Barriers
NYSERDA. Seeks proposals to research innovative applications of energy efficient technologies or designs for the agriculture sector, or to evaluate technology barriers for agricultural applications. Total funding: $1 million. Deadline: Dec. 16, 2013.
Alcoa Foundation Grants
Alcoa, Inc. Invests in meaningful and systemic improvements in environmental sustainability by supporting research, dialogue, standards, and actions.
August 12, 2013 Biopesticide and Organic Support Program
USDA IR-4 Program. Aims to further the development and registration of biopesticides for use in pest management systems for specialty crops, or for minor uses on major crops. Total funding: ~$400,000/yr. Deadline: Extended to Dec. 9, 2013.
Biopesticide Demonstration Program
US EPA and USDA IR-4. Aims to reduce barriers to increased adoption of biopesticides nationally by funding field demonstrations of effective biopesticides within IPM systems.
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Supports the generation of new information that will assist federal regulatory agencies in making science-based decisions about the effects of introducing into the environment genetically engineered organisms. Total funding: ~$5 million/yr. Deadline: Winter.
Building Capacity to Reduce Children's Environmental Exposures
US EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection. Addresses children’s health in underserved communities by building capacity to reduce environmental exposures in settings such as homes, schools, and childcare centers. Total funding: ~$1.5 million/yr. Deadline: Early winter.
December 4, 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Program
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Total funding: ~$4 million/yr. Deadline: March, 2013.
Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
US EPA. Offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. Funding levels vary. Deadline: Usually late winter.
November 13, 2012 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Supports community-based food projects to meet the food needs of low-income individuals and communities, while addressing local food, farm, and nutrition issues. Total funding: ~$5 million. Deadline: Nov. 28, 2012.
June 14, 2012 Community Transformation Grant
US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Aims to improve the health of small communities and control health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases. Total funding: $70 million. Deadlines: Letter of intent June 18, 2012. Applications July 31, 2012.
Conservation Stewardship Program
USDA NRCS. Encourages producers to address resource concerns by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. Deadline: Continuous sign-up process.
June 23, 2011 Critical Issues: Emerging and New Plant and Animal Pests and Diseases
USDA NIFA. Provides one-time seed funding to initiate work requiring immediate attention until longer-term resources can be secured. Total funding: ~$300,000. Deadline: mid-April.
August 19, 2013 Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Supports broad, interdisciplinary research on the ecological, evolutionary, and socio-ecological principles and processes that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. Total funding: ~$11 million. Deadline: Nov. 20, 2013.
Environmental Education Capacity Grants
NEEEA. Solicits proposals to strengthen environmental education and literacy in New England. Total Funding: $232,000. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2012.
September 27, 2012 Environmental Education Grants
US EPA Office of Environmental Education. Promotes environmental stewardship and helps develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Total funding: ~$2 million/yr. Deadline: Nov. 21, 2012.
Laura Jane Musser Fund. Promotes public use of open space that improves a community’s quality of life and public health, while ensuring the protection of healthy, viable and sustainable ecosystems by protecting or restoring habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species. Deadline: Late winter.
November 13, 2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program
US EPA. Provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. This program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Total funding: ~$1.5 million. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2013.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
USDA NRCS. Provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. Includes Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) and Conservation Activity Plans (CAP).
June 4, 2013 Expert Integrated Pest Management Decision Support System
USDA NIFA. The purpose of the EIPMDSS program is to support development of expert systems that help guide, demonstrate and multiply impacts of USDA supported IPM programs. Total funding: $130,000. Deadline: July 16, 2013.
February 26, 2013 Extension IPM Coordination and Support Program
USDA NIFA. Helps agricultural producers and other pest managers adopt alternative practices through training, demonstration, and evaluation. Total funding: $8.8 million. Deadline: April 16, 2013 Webinar Briefing: March 4, 2013
Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program
Northeast Center for Risk Management Education. Helps farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies, including tools and approaches that reduce the adverse financial effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, and other factors. Deadline: Fall-Winter.
September 1, 2013 Farmer Grants
Northeast SARE. Aims to develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques and to explore innovative ideas developed by farmers. Funding: $15,000/project. Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013.
Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Improves and expands farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture, agri-tourism activities. Total funding: ~$5 million/yr. Deadline: Usually late spring.
Great Lakes Protection Fund
Permanent endowment supports collaborative actions to improve the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Preproposals accepted at any time.
August 5, 2013 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
US EPA. Projects are expected to advance protection and restoration of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Total funding: ~$9.5 million. Deadline: August 14, 2013.
Healthy Communities Grant Program
EPA New England’s main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks and improve human health and quality of life. Funding levels vary. Deadline: usually mid-Fall.
Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program
US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Aims to improve the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of methods for the evaluation and control of housing-related health and safety hazards. Particularly focused on children’s health. Total funding: ~$1.5-$3 million/yr. Deadline: Usually mid-fall.
Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants
USDA NIFA. Promotes and strengthens the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Total funding: ~$9 million/yr. Deadline: Usually mid-winter.
October 1, 2013 Home Depot Foundation
Grants are available to registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits and tax-exempt public service agencies for projects that serve veterans and their families, and improve the physical health of their communities. Total funding: ~$16 million/yr. Deadline: Ongoing.
Honey Bee Health Grants
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Supports research to improve the health of honey bees. Total funding: $30,000/yr. Deadline: Late fall.
IPM Collaborative Research Support Program
US Agency for International Development (USAID). Develops and implements approaches to IPM that help raise the standard of living and improve the environment in countries around the world.
November 11, 2013 IPM Partnership Grants Program
Northeastern IPM Center. Projects promote the development and adoption of IPM, address or identify regional priorities, and benefit the northeastern region at large. Total funding: ~$300,000. Deadline: Dec. 5, 2013. Update: Budget form corrected on Nov. 19, 2013
February 27, 2013 IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management Program
USDA NIFA. Aims to provide safe, effective and economical pest management solutions for growers of minor/specialty crops. For FY 2013, IR-4 anticipates 5 projects: a national headquarters and 4 regional IR-4 centers. Total funding: ~$11 million. Deadline: April 2, 2013.
MacArthur Foundation Housing Program
Supports more balanced, forward-looking housing policies that acknowledge the importance of affordable rental housing and the role that various attributes of housing may play in promoting strong, resilient families and vibrant communities. Total funding: ~$150 million. Deadline: Ongoing.
April 22, 2013 Methyl Bromide Transitions Program
USDA NIFA. Supports practical pest management alternatives to methyl bromide uses or minimize methyl bromide emissions for which the U.S. requests critical use exemptions. Total funding: ~$1.9 million. Deadline: May 21, 2013.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants
Numerous grant programs to sustain, restore, and enhance our nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.
February 14, 2013 National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative
Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability. Supports multidisciplinary projects focused on outreach, education and demonstration of innovative and new technologies that will result in increased production and supply of strawberries. Funding: up to $200,000. Deadline: April 1, 2013.
January 15, 2012 Northeast Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program
Northeastern IPM Center, USDA NIFA. Projects develop pest control tactics, integrate tactics into an IPM system, and extend IPM information to others. Total funding: ~$600,000. Deadlines: May 16, 2013.
January 17, 2012 Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative
USDA NIFA. Enhances the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products. Total funding: ~$19 million/yr. Deadline: March 9.
Organic Initiative, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
USDA NRCS. Provides assistance for organic growers to implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. Total funding: ~$50 million/yr. Deadline: Continuous, with periodic cutoff dates.
February 29, 2012 Organic Transitions Program (ORG)
USDA NIFA. Supports research, extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers and those who are adopting organic practices. Total funding: ~$3.75 million. Deadline: April 25, 2012.
September 1, 2013 Partnership Grants
Northeast SARE. Supports agricultural service providers who work directly with farmers to do on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects related to sustainable agriculture. Total funding: $250,000/yr. Deadline: Nov. 13, 2013.
July 27, 2011 People's Garden Grant Program
USDA NIFA. Facilitates the creation of produce, recreation, and/or wildlife gardens in urban and rural areas to provide opportunities for science-based education. Total funding: $725,000. Deadline: August in 2011.
Pest Management Alternatives Program (PMAP)
USDA NIFA. Supports the development and implementation of IPM practices, tactics and systems for specific pest problems while reducing human and environmental risks. Total funding: ~$1.4 million in 2011. Deadline: Usually late winter.
October 1, 2013 Pest Management Foundation
NPMA. Advances the pest management industry through education, research, and training. Total funding: $15,000/yr. Deadline: Mar. 14, 2013.
Pesticide Registration Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA 2) Partnership Grants
US EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. Advances partnerships that focus on pesticide risk management issues with a special focus on IPM approaches. Total funding: ~$500,000/yr. Deadline: Usually mid-spring.
May 16, 2013 Regional Agricultural IPM Grants
US EPA. Supports efforts to increase the adoption of IPM in order to reduce the risks associated with the use of pesticides in agriculture. Total funding: $422,000. Deadline: July 1, 2013.
Regional Indoor Environments: Reducing Public Exposure to Indoor Pollutants
EPA. Supports demonstration, training, education and outreach activities to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants, primarily in homes and schools. Total Funding: ~$3 million/yr. Deadline: Spring.
May 16, 2013 Regional Integrated Pest Management Centers
USDA NIFA. Promotes the development and implementation of IPM by facilitating collaboration across states, disciplines, and purposes. Total funding: ~$3.8 million. Deadline: May 14, 2012.
July 12, 2011 School IPM Grants
EPA Region I. Assists adoption of verifiable integrated pest management (IPM) by the nation’s kindergarten to 12th grade public and Federally Recognized Indian tribal schools. Total funding: $36,000. Deadline: mid-July.
April 30, 2012 Specialty Crop Block Grant - NY
NYS Dept. of Agriculture. Aims to enhance the competitiveness of New York specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, maple, honey and horticulture crops). Priority is given to projects that focus on research and grower education, food safety, and marketing. Total funding: $1 million. Deadline: May 16, 2012.
Specialty Crop Block Grants
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. Aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture, flowers). Many projects involve grants to market locally grown foods.
October 1, 2011 Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)
USDA NIFA seeks applications for projects to address critical needs of the specialty crop industry through multifunctional research and extension activities. Total funding: ~$47 million. Deadline: Letter of intent Nov. 25. Applications Jan. 31.
Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program
USDA NIFA. Goal is to significantly increase canola crop production and/or acreage by developing and testing of superior germplasm, methods of planting, cultivation, harvesting; then transfer new knowledge via Extension. Total funding: ~$800,000/yr. Deadline: Late spring.
September 5, 2011 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants
Northeast SARE. Apply this fall for Sustainable Community Grants (October), Partnership Grants (Late Fall), and Farmer Grants (December).
October 1, 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Supports integrated programs that address the comprehensive needs of children, their families, and communities. Total funding: ~$380 million/yr. Deadline: Ongoing.