Ben & Jerry's Foundation - The Grassroots Organizing For Social Change Program - Due September 13
The Foundation considers proposals that are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. The process starts with a pre-application, submitted online through our grants management system. Grant awards are up to $20,000 for a one-year period.
Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant - Due October 15
Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 are available to public K-12 schools and school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools throughout the U.S. that develop projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping/clean up projects.
Whole Kids Foundation - School Garden Grants - Due October 31
Whole Kids Foundation created the School Garden Grant Program in partnership with FoodCorps to provide a $2,000 monetary grant to fund school gardens and related activities. Get started now - there are two phases to submission!
Cedar Tree Foundation - Sustainable Agriculture Grants
The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry for projects in sustainable agriculture, environmental education and environmental health that demonstrate strong elements of environmental justice, and conservation. Click here to learn more.
Farm Credit East, Northeast Agricultural Enhancement Grant - Due December 1
Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants to help organizations promote awareness of agriculture in the 6 New England states, New York and New Jersey. Funds are provided as part of the Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement program, an ongoing educational campaign that supports programs, projects, events, and other activities that promote and strengthen agriculture, forest products or commercial fishing industries in the region. Learn more and view the application here.
$300-$500 grants for cash, seeds, supplies, educational materials and online gardening software for groups wishing to start a new food garden project or sustain an existing one.
Small Business Innovation Research Program - Due September 26
The USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program awards grant funds to small businesses for research and development projects related to agriculture manufacturing technology, energy efficiency, and alternative/renewable energy, such as biofuel or ethanol production. Click here for more information about SBIR. Click here for application information, apply by September 26, 2013.
USDA Organic Cost Share Program - Due September 30
If you are a certified organic farmer or rancher in the Northeast, you are eligible to receive a 2013 organic certification cost share reimbursement to cover as much as 75% of your certification costs from October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013, up to a maximum of $750. To get reimbursed, contact your State Department of Agriculture. You will need proof of organic certification, itemized invoice of certification expenses, and W-9 tax form. Learn more about the cost share program here. Contact Rita Meade at or call (202) 720-3252 with questions.
Northeast SARE - Due December 2
NE SARE Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices. The proposal deadline for the next round of NE SARE farmer grants is December 2, 2013 with awards announced in March. More information is available here.
Local Producer Loan Program
Whole Foods Market is now accepting applications to provide loans between $1,000 and $100,000 to small, local, independent producers. Desired candidates are expanding production, implementing organic practices, and located within a few hours drive of a Whole Foods store. Funds can be used for expansion and capital expenditures (e.g., buy more animals, invest in new equipment and infrastructure, or expand crops), but not for operating expenses. Learn more and apply here.
New York State Department of Ag & Markets
Current funding opportunities can be found by clicking here.
New York Farm Viability Institiute
Find Local Meats with MeatSuite
helps area residents source locally-raised meats. The new website called the Meat Suite is a searchable directory focused exclusively on local farms that are marketing meat via "freezer trade" (the sale of whole, halves, quarters of animals and bulk bundles of meat).
Find Catskills Region Products with Pure Catskills
Pure Catskills is a buy local campaign aimed at supporting the local food community in the Catskills region, working with hundreds of farm and food businesses throughout Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties in New York State.
Hunts Point Terminal Market Interactive Fruit & Vegetable Source Map
Click to explore the origins of fruits and vegetables coming into Hunts Point’s market, the source of 60 percent of the city’s produce.