Grants For Small Farmers

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Grants For Small Farmers

Key Takeaways

Introduction

A list of 15 grants available to small farmers, including women farmers, in the United States has been provided below.

Grants Available to Small Farmers in Arizona

Arizona Citrus Research Council (ACRC)

  • A link to the website is here.
  • The application deadline for the next series of grants is 5:00 p.m. (MST) on November 19, 2021.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

  • The Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) provides grants to farmers in the Western region of the US, including Arizona. Grants are offered to individual farmers who are required to work with an agricultural professional (technical adviser) to develop a project that conducts both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. The maximum amount awarded is $25,000.
  • A link to the website is here.

Livestock Forage Disaster Program

  • The Livestock Forage Disaster Program assistance gives payments to farmers who have covered livestock and are producers of grazed forage crop acreage that have suffered a loss of grazed forage due to a qualifying drought during the normal grazing period for certain counties. Counties in Arizona eligible for the payments are Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, and Yuma.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • Eligible livestock producers who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage must apply for payment and provide supporting documentation to their FSA office within 30 calendar days after the end of the calendar year in which the grazing loss occurred.

Other Grants for Small Farmers

Farmer Grant Program

  • Farmer Grants are made to commercial producers with an innovative idea to test on-farm demonstration or a field trial. Projects should seek new knowledge that can be used by other farmers. The grant is available to farmers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • The application deadline for the next grant is 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 16, 2021.

Fund-a-Farmer Grants

  • A link to the website is here.

Small Business innovation Research Program

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

  • To encourage organic farming, the Organic Certification Cost Share Program provides cost share assistance to farmers of agricultural products to obtain or renew their certification under the National Organic Program. Certified operations may receive up to 50% of their certification costs paid during the program year (up to $500) per certification scope.
  • A link to the website is here.

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

  • The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial assistance to eligible farmers to purchase Agricultural Land Easements that protect the agricultural use. For working farms, the program helps farmers keep their land in agriculture. NRCS contributes about 50% of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • The program seems like an ongoing one and no deadlines were available.

The National Organic Initiative

  • A link to the website is here.
  • The program seems to be ongoing and no application deadline was available.

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund

  • The Lakewinds Organic Field Fund provides funding to farmers working on the development and sustainability of organics.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • The applications for the 2022 season will be available in late 2021.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

  • A link to the website is here.

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center

The Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

  • The Pandemic Response and Safety (PRS) Grant Program provides grants to food processors, distributors, farmers markets, and producers to respond to coronavirus, including for measures to protect workers against COVID-19.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • The application deadline for the next series of grants is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 22, 2021.

The Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives

The Local Food Promotion Program

  • The Local Food Promotion Program funds projects, including farmers, that develop, coordinate, and expand local and regional food business enterprises.
  • A link to the website is here.
  • It seems like an annual program. The application deadline for 2021 was June 21, 2021.

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