Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP)

USDA’s Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Development Program (BFRDP) is accepting requesting grant applications until June 12th, 2014.  Approximately $19 million in funding is available for efforts aimed at education, training, outreach, and mentoring of new and beginning farmers.


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 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.

K-14 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA)

The “Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program” (SPECA) provides funding to promote and strengthen agriscience and agribusiness education by finding ways to encourage more students to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic disciplines.

The total funding pool for Fiscal Year 2012 (FY-12) is $900,000 and the application deadline is January 20, 2012.  It is administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).