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.

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NB3 Foundation Youth Capacity Grant

The Notah Begay III Foundation’s “Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures” national initiative is accepting applications for projects aimed at 1) community health assessments and/or 2) community planning and capacity building.  Requests may be up to $20,000.  Tribes and 501c3 non-profits are eligible to apply, and priority is given to Tribes in the Upper Midwest (MN, WI), Southwest (AZ, NM), and Southern Regions (OK, TX).  The application deadline is September 12th.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Rancher (2501) Grant

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers (“2501”) grant is accepting applications until August 25th, 2014.  Intended to assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in USDA programs, the 2501 grant program has a total of $9.1 million available, which is split into three different categories.

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program & Local Foods Promotion Program

USDA’s AMS (Ag. Marketing Service) is accepting applications for the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) to increase domestic consumption and access to locally and regionally produced foods and to develop new market opportunities for local producers.  Awards will range between $15,000-100,000.  A total of $15 million is available and the application deadline is June 20, 2014.

The related Local Food Promotion Program (LMPP) provides funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food businesses.  Funding is available for planning grants ranging between $5000-25,000 and implementation grants for between $25,000-100,000.  A total of $15 million is available and the application deadline is June 20, 2014.  A 25% match is required.

Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant

USDA’s Rural Development is accepting applications for the Small Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG) to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and cooperative development centers.  A total of $3 million is available with a maximum award of $200,000 and no match is required.

USDA Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) through USDA’s Rural Development is currently accepting applications until February 24th for efforts aimed at assisting producers enter into value added production.  Approximately $10 million is available on a competitive evaluation basis, so successful applications must receive as many points as possible.

Notable for the 2014 round of VAPG funding, the maximum levels have decreased to $75,000 for planning grants that fund feasibility studies and to $200,000 for working capital implementation grants.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council can provide assistance on these developing applications and we do have matching fund assistance through generous support from the Shakopee Mdewkanton Sioux Community for projects in the Great Lakes and Great Plains Regions.  Contact dan at indianaglink.com for more information on assistance.