All Grant Opportunities
- February 23, 2018
- 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. Deadline: May 1, 2018.
- 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 5, 2017
- 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: $6.3 million. Deadline: June 28, 2017.
- April 30, 2018
- AFRI Education and Workforce Development
USDA NIFA. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Education and Workforce Development focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. Total funding: $24.1 million. Deadline: July 19, 2018.
- March 21, 2017
- 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: $11 million. Deadline: June 21, 2017.
- May 3, 2016
- AFRI Food Security Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. Focuses on the societal challenge to keep American agriculture competitive and end world hunger by ensuring the availability and accessibility of safe and nutritious food. Total funding: $16.8 million. Application due: July 7, 2016.
- May 29, 2018
- 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: $182 million. Deadline: varies by program.
- April 17, 2017
- AFRI Resilient Agroecosystems in a Changing Climate Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. 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: $6.3 million. Deadline: July 13, 2017.
- April 23, 2018
- AFRI Sustainable Agricultural Systems
USDA NIFA. Focuses on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system within the next 25 years. Projects should significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. Total funding: $80 million. Letter of intent due: June 27, 2018. Deadline: Oct. 10, 2018.
- March 24, 2017
- AFRI Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area
USDA NIFA. 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.
- Alcoa Foundation Grants
Alcoa, Inc. Invests in meaningful and systemic improvements in environmental sustainability by supporting research, dialogue, standards, and actions.
- November 8, 2017
- 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: ~$3.5 million. Deadline: Feb. 22, 2018.
- 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, 2018
- 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: $21.7 million. Deadline: June 29, 2018.
- 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.
- February 26, 2018
- Crop Protection and Pest Management Program
USDA NIFA. Addresses high priority issues related to pests and their management by supporting projects that will ensure food security and respond effectively to other major societal pest management challenges with comprehensive IPM approaches that are economically viable, ecologically prudent, and safe for human health. Total funding: ~$8.1 million. Deadline: May 8, 2018.
- 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. 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 6, 2019
- Farmer Grants
Northeast SARE. For commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Funding: up to $15,000/project. Deadline: Dec. 3, 2019.
- March 7, 2018
- Farmers Market Promotion Program
USDA AMS. 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: $13.4 million. Deadline: May 7, 2018.
- 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.
- September 1, 2017
- 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. 31, 2017.
- 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.
- April 1, 2018
- Graduate Student Research Grants
Northeast SARE. For graduate students who are researching topics in sustainable agriculture that will serve the interests of farmers and the greater agricultural community. Funding: $15,000/project. Deadline: May 8, 2018.
- 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 6, 2018
- 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 will last beyond the project duration. Total funding: $4.5 million. Deadline: May 7, 2018.
- 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. Deadline: ongoing.
- Honey Bee Health Grants
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Supports research to improve the health of honey bees. Total funding: $30,000. Deadline: closed.
- Insight Garden Progam
Singing for Change. Facilitates an innovative curriculum combined with vocational gardening and landscaping training so that people in prison can reconnect to self, community, and the natural world. Total funding: up to $10,000. Deadline: closed.
- 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.
- February 24, 2020
- Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species
The MAPAIS is offering a small grants competition and encourages interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for possible funding. Proposal submissions must address an aquatic invasive species problem. Total funding: $30,000. Deadline: Mar. 20, 2020
- 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.
- January 17, 2019
- New York Invasive Species Grant Progam
New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The newly consolidated Invasive Species Grant Program is designed to support projects that target both aquatic and terrestrial invasive species. Project locations must be in New York state. Total funding: $3 million. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2019.
- December 27, 2017
- 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: $17.6 million. Deadline: Mar. 1, 2018.
- 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.
- 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.
- August 1, 2017
- 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: $15,000. Deadline: Oct. 17, 2017.
- 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.
- September 1, 2017
- Professional Development Grants
Northeast SARE. Funds outcome-based train-the-trainer projects. Funding: $30,000 – $150,000/project. Deadline: Oct. 24, 2017.
- October 24, 2017
- Research and Education Grants
Northeast SARE. Funds research, education, and on-farm demonstration projects, with an emphasis on projects that lead directly to improved farming practices and an enhanced quality of life for farmers and rural communities. Funding: $30,000 – $200,000/project. Deadline: Oct. 24, 2017.
- September 1, 2017
- Research for Novel Approaches
Northeast SARE. Funds research to establish the feasibility of novel approaches, with the expectation that the new information will be used later in educational programs that promote farmer adoption of the novel approaches. Deadline: Oct. 24, 2017.
- 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.
- September 19, 2019
- Southern IPM Center Enhancement Grants
Southern IPM Center. Funding is available for project directors based in the southern region for projects that address global food security challenges including invasive species, endangered species, pest resistance, and impacts resulting from regulatory actions. Funding: up to $30,000/project. Deadline: Dec. 2, 2019.
- 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.
- March 7, 2018
- Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
USDA AMS. Aims to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops—fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Total funding: $72.1 million. Deadline: May 24, 2018.
- 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.
- November 7, 2018
- 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: $80 million. Deadlines: Dec. 10, 2018.
- February 22, 2018
- Supplemental and Alternative Crops
USDA NIFA. Supports the development of canola as a viable supplemental and alternative crop in the United States. Total funding: ~$767,000. Deadline: Apr. 18, 2018.
- 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. Deadline: ongoing.
- September 3, 2018
- 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, IPM planning documents, and special issues projects. Funding: up to $30,000, depending on project type. Deadline: Dec. 7, 2019.