Grant – Blooming Prairie Foundation

The Blooming Prairie Foundation is accepting applications for awards ranging from $2,000-70,000 for projects that promote research and education in the organic industry and cooperative community or help develop new organic products.  Applicants must be 501c3 non-profits and applications are due March 1, 2018.  $250,000 in funding is available.

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USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Grant

Applications for USDA’s Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) are due on February 8th, 2018 for collaborative projects aimed at supporting beginning farmers and ranchers.  Awards range from $300,000-600,000 and a 25% match is required.

USDA Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Programs

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is currently accepting applications for their Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support local and regional food systems.  Applications for both program applications are due March 27, 2017.

FMPP grants fund farmer-to consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism.  $13 million is available for FMPP, and the minimum and maximum awards are $50,000 and $500,000.

LFPP grants fund local and regional food business enterprises that serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally or regionally produced food products. Projects also provide technical assistance and outreach, including planning grants for local food businesses.  $13 million is also available for LFPP for minimum and maximum awards ranging between $25,000 to $500,000.

First Nations FDPIR Grant

First Nations Development Institute is accepting applications for their FDPIR Nutrition Education Grant that will provide grant support to Native communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programing for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients.  Applications are being accepted until August 23, and First Nations anticipates awarding 30 grants up to $10,000 each.