All Grant Opportunities

1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants

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: closed.

Abell Foundation

The Abell Foundation is dedicated to the enhancement of the quality of life in Maryland, with a focus on Baltimore City, by supporting innovative efforts to solve systemic social, economic, and environmental problems.

February 23, 2015
AFRI Childhood Obesity Prevention Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Focuses on the societal challenge to end obesity among children, the number one nutrition-related problem in the United States. Total funding: ~$6 million. Deadline: Apr. 23, 2015.

February 23, 2015
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: ~$5 million. Deadline: June 4, 2015.

February 23, 2015
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: ~$6 million. Deadline: May 13/18, 2015.

February 4, 2015
AFRI Food Security Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. Focused on developing more sustainable, productive, and economically viable plant and animal production systems. Total funding: ~$16 million. Letter of intent due: Apr. 2, 2015. Application due: June 4, 2015.

April 24, 2017
AFRI Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences Education and Literacy Initiative

USDA NIFA. The goal of the AFRI Education and Literacy Initiative is to develop the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. Total funding: $18 million. Deadline: June 28, 2017.

April 17, 2017
AFRI Foundational Program

USDA NIFA. Supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. Total funding: $150 million. Deadline: June/July 2017 (varies by program).

April 17, 2017
AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. This program focuses on sustainable increase in agricultural productivity and the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food, within the priority area of Climate, Land Use, and Land Management. Total funding: $6 million. Deadline: July 13, 2017.

March 24, 2017
AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area

USDA NIFA. This program focuses on multidisciplinary systems approaches, which integrate new technologies and strategic management that solve water availability and quality challenges in food production systems. Total funding: $34 million. Letter of intent due: May 17, 2017. Application due: Aug. 2, 2017.

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.

Alcoa Foundation Grants

Alcoa, Inc. Invests in meaningful and systemic improvements in environmental sustainability by supporting research, dialogue, standards, and actions.

March 9, 2015
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: ~$3.6 million. Deadline: Apr. 17, 2015.

March 20, 2014
Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities

EPA. Provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected local or tribal governments using a variety of tools to stimulate a discussion about growth and development and strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable approaches. Deadline: Ongoing.

April 17, 2017
Citrus Disease Research and Extension

USDA NIFA. Supports research to combat citrus diseases and pests, and the dissemination and commercialization of relevant information, techniques, and technologies. Total funding: $21.8 million. Deadline: May 12, 2017.

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: Ongoing.

April 18, 2016
Crop Protection and Pest Management

USDA NIFA. Addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management by supporting projects that will ensure food security with comprehensive IPM approaches. Total funding: ~$12.1 million. Deadline: May 9, 2017.

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: Fall 2014.

April 16, 2014
Enterprise Community Partners Grants

Grant funds, made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 4 grant program, will support and improve the capacity and production of community housing development organizations and community development corporations. Deadline: Ongoing.

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: ~$2.7 million/yr. Deadline: Spring 2015.

Environmental Initiative

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: Spring 2015.

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). Deadline: Ongoing.

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: closed.

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, 2014.

May 12, 2014
Farmers Market Promotion Program

USDA AMS Grant Program. Aims to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Total funding: $15 million. Deadline: Closed.

April 15, 2014
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Integrated Pest Management

USAID. Feed the Future Innovation Labs are USAID-funded long-term, multi-disciplinary applied research and capacity-building efforts to address the problem of food insecurity and malnutrition in developing countries. Total funding: ~$50 million. Deadline: Closed.

June 30, 2015
Field Implementation Meeting Support

EPA. The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications to facilitate dialogue and collaboration on pesticide safety programs. The grantee will plan and coordinate meetings, workshops, and conferences that include partners and stakeholders involved in the safe use of pesticides. Total funding: $2.5 million. Deadline: July 5, 2015.

August 17, 2016
Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants

USDA NIFA. Supports training students for Master’s and doctoral degrees in food, agricultural, and natural resource sciences; and Special International Study or Thesis/Dissertation Research Travel Allowances for eligible USDA NNF beneficiaries. Total funding: $3.1 million. Deadline: Oct. 11, 2016.

May 11, 2015
Funds Distribution Program for Pesticide Safety Education Programs

EPA. The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications from organizations to distribute funds to established, federally recognized Pesticide Safety Education Programs. Funds will be distributed for fiscal years 2015 through 2019. Total funding: $5 million. Deadline: June 22, 2015.

June 16, 2014
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: Closed.

Health and Mental Health Program

The Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Foundation. The goals of this program are to promote quality health and mental health care for underserved individuals and address environmental health issues. There is a geographic focus on Baltimore, MD.

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: closed.

June 22, 2015
Healthy Homes Technical Studies Program

HUD. Funding for studies to improve HUD’s and the public’s knowledge of housing-related health and safety hazards, and to improve or develop new hazard assessment and control methods with a focus on key residential health and safety hazards. Total funding: ~$2 million. Pre-application deadline: July 16, 2015.

March 17, 2016
Higher Education Challenge Grants Program

USDA NIFA. Funds projects that address agriculture and science educational needs, involve a creative or non-traditional approach, encourage better working relationships in the university science and education community and the private sector, and result in benefits that last beyond the project duration. Total funding: $4.5 million. Deadline: Apr. 22, 2016.

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: closed.

June 19, 2014
Housing Preservation Grants

USDA. This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of low- and very low-income rural housing. Deadline: Pre-applications due July 28, 2014.

March 28, 2017
iPiPE Crop-Pest Programs

iPiPE CAP. The iPiPE CAP will fund seven new Crop-Pest Programs in 2018. Extension professionals will conduct program activities focused on engaging stakeholders to submit pest observations and mentoring undergraduate student interns. Total funding: $280,000. Statement of intent due: May 4, 2017.

February 16, 2016
IPM for Nematode Control

UC Davis. The Horticulture Innovation Lab is looking for research project proposals in integrated pest management (IPM) practices important to, and appropriate for, smallholder farmers in the Feed the Future zones of Guatemala, Honduras, or Haiti. Total funding: $450,000. Deadline: Apr. 1, 2015.

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.

November 13, 2017
Methyl Bromide Transition Program

USDA NIFA. Addresses the immediate needs and the costs of transition that have resulted from the scheduled phase-out of the pesticide methyl bromide. Total funding: ~$1.8 million. Deadline: Jan. 30, 2018.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants

Numerous grant programs to sustain, restore, and enhance our nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

October 20, 2014
Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program

First Nations Development Institute. Encourages Native American college students to enter agriculture and agriculture-related fields to better assist their communities. Six $1,000 scholarships are available. Deadline: Nov. 17, 2014.

May 13, 2015
New York Agriculture Research Fund

Farm Fresh First/Cornell University. Supports agricultural research to improve the production of vegetables in New York State.

September 1, 2017
North Central IPM Center Working Group Grant Program

North Central IPM Center. Funding is available for working groups based in the North Central region to facilitate the development and adoption of IPM solutions to provide health, environmental, and economic benefits. Funding: Up to $20,000 per working group. Deadline: Nov. 17, 2017.

September 6, 2017
Northeastern IPM Partnership Grants Program

Northeastern IPM Center. Three project types (IPM Issues, IPM Working Groups, and IPM Communications) will foster the development and adoption of IPM, address or identify regional priorities, and benefit the northeastern region at large. Total funding: $250,000. Deadline: Nov. 15, 2017.

October 24, 2016
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: ~$17 million. Deadline: Jan. 19, 2017.

September 25, 2017
Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Farming Research Foundation offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities. Funding: $20,000 per project. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017.

January 8, 2018
Organic Transitions Program

USDA NIFA. Supports the development and implementation of research, extension, and education programs that enhance organic livestock and crop production. Total funding: ~$3.8 million. Deadline: Mar. 29, 2018.

September 28, 2015
Outreach and Education, Technical Assistance, and Financial Education for FSA Programs, Functions, and Activities

USDA Farm Service Agency. Supports nonprofits and public higher education institutions to improve farmer education on topics such as financial training, value-added production, recordkeeping, property inheritance, and crop production practices. Total funding: $2,500,000. Deadlines: Mar. 18 and May 27,  2016.

July 28, 2015
Partnership Grants

Northeast SARE. Supports agricultural service providers who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators. Total funding: $250,000/yr. Deadline: Oct. 6, 2015.

June 30, 2015
Pesticide Safety Resource Projects

EPA. The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting applications to coordinate the development of educational and outreach resources for use by EPA’s partners and stakeholders involved in pesticide safety. Total funding: $5 million. Deadline: July 12, 2015.

March 16, 2016
Plant Biotic Interactions Program

NSF-NIFA. This program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems and agriculturally relevant plants. Total funding: $14.5 million. Deadline: June 6, 2016.

January 29, 2015
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators

EPA. Recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Funding: $2,500/recipient. Deadline: Mar. 13, 2015.

May 29, 2014
Research and Education Grants

Northeast SARE. Funds outcome-based projects that benefit farmers and explore new sustainable farm practices. Deadline: Closed.

August 6, 2014
Research and Education Grants

North Central Region SARE. Funds researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Preproposal Deadline: Oct. 23, 2014.

Rhode Island Foundation

The Rhode Island Foundation makes grants to support projects that address significant community challenges, aim for lasting impact, and serve disadvantaged Rhode Islanders.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance their mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans.

May 12, 2014
Rural Developmentā€™s Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program

USDA. The purpose of this program is to improve, develop, or finance business, industry, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Total funding: $48 million. Deadline: Ongoing.

Singing for Change

Grants are awarded to progressive, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social or environmental problems. Total funding: up to $10,000. Deadline: Ongoing.

September 5, 2017
Southern Region IPM Center Enhancement Grants

Southern IPM Center. Funding is available for project directors based in the Southern region for projects of the following types: Seed, Capstone, and IPM Working Groups. Funding: Up to $30,000 per project. Deadline: Nov. 3, 2017.

August 25, 2016
Special Projects Grant Program

Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety / UVM Extension. Funding for projects with very clear, near-term outcomes related to regionally important food safety issues among small to medium-sized producers and processors. The projects can be focused on research, education, or both. Total funding: $46,800. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017.

March 26, 2015
Special Research Grants Program: Potato Breeding Research

USDA NIFA. Supports potato research programs that focus on varietal development and testing and potato varieties for commercial production. Total funding: ~$1.2 million. Deadline: Apr. 22, 2015.

April 30, 2012
Specialty Crop Block Grant - New York

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: closed.

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. Total funding: $67 million. Deadline: July 9, 2014.

September 10, 2015
Specialty Crop Multi-State Program

USDA AMS. Funds state departments of agriculture to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multistate projects that address food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific issues, and marketing and promotion. Total funding: $3 million. Deadline: Jan. 14, 2016.

September 25, 2017
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

USDA NIFA. Addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry. Grants will support research and extension activities that address key challenges of national, regional, and multistate importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture. Total funding: ~$48 million. Deadlines: Dec. 8, 2017.

March 26, 2015
Supplemental and Alternative Crops Competitive Grants Program

USDA NIFA. Support the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. Total funding: ~$768,000. Deadline: Apr. 17, 2015.

Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations in the priority areas of sustainable environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

November 5, 2014
Switzer Fellowship Program

The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. Funding: $15,000 Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015.

June 29, 2015
Using Educational Networks to Increase Schools' Adoption of IPM

EPA. The Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals to provide education, training, resources, and technical assistance to increase Integrated Pest Management implementation in kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools nationwide. Total funding: $250,000. Deadline: Aug. 10, 2015.

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.

October 4, 2017
Western IPM Center Competitive Grant Program

Western IPM Center. Grant funding is available to PDs located in the western region for project initiation, work groups, outreach and implementation, and IPM planning documents. Total funding: $250,000. Deadline: Dec. 8, 2017.