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.


First Nations NAFSI Grants

First Nations Development Institute is currently accepting applications for their Native American Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI).  Native-controlled non-profits and community-based organizations are eligible to apply for up to ten $37,500 awards.  The application deadline is December 6th, 2013.  Check the First Nations 2014 NAFSI announcement page for full details.

Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG)

USDA’s Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to help rural businesses create jobs. Rural Cooperative Development Grants (RCDG) are available up to $175,000 for one year, with a total of $5.8 million available. RCDG requires a 25% matching contribution.

The Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) are also available with a total of $2.27 million. Applications for both opportunities are due August 6, 2012. Check this webpage for more information:


And here is more info for RBOG:



FNDI’s Native Ag. and Food Systems Initiative Grants

The First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) is accepting proposals for its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), which will offer six grants averaging $45,000 through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support projects working to address food systems, food insecurity, and food deserts in Native communities. Applications are due May 11, 2012.

The application and more information is available here:


Farmers Market Promotion Program Grant

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) has $10 million of grant funding for marketing operations including farmers markets, community supported agriculture, and roadside stands.  The application deadline is May 21, 2012.  Projects that expand healthy food options in food deserts will receive additional consideration.

The USDA’s official grant announcement is available here, and this is the link to the program website.