USDA Rural Development is currently accepting applications for both the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) and the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG).
VAPG provides up to $75,000 for planning grants to conduct feasibility studies, or up to $250,000 for working capital implementation projects. Applications are due March 5th, 2020, and a 1:1 match is required.
RBDG funds projects providing technical assistance to Rural Business through technical assistance, infrastructure development, and economic development including capitalization of revolving loan funds. Applications are due March 30, 2020.
USDA is accepting applications for a total of $23 million in funding for its Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) to support the promotion and expansion of local and regional food systems. Applications are due June 18, 2019
USDA is currently accepting applications for its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. A total of $14 million is available, and applications are due May 16, 2019.
USDA is currently accepting applications for the Acer Access and Development Program for efforts to promote the domestic United States maple syrup industry. The maximum award is $500,000 with $4 million in total funding. Application deadline is May 10, 2019.
USDA’s Rural Development is currently accepting applications for its Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) to assist with the development and expansion of small businesses in rural areas. Application deadline is March 29, 2019.
USDA is now accepting application for its Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP). FMPP range between $50,000 and $500,000, and LFPP grants range between $25,000 and $500,000. LFPP projects do require 25% matching funds contribution. Both applications are due May 7, 2018.
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.