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Grant Resources

USDA Grants


Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
Eligibility: Organizations
The BFRDP is administered by the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the USDA. The program provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers.

Community Food Projects (CFP) Competitive Grants Program
Eligibility: Organizations
The CFP Program funds projects that improve food distribution, improve access to food, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

Energy Savings Initiative
Eligibility: Farmers
A USDA NRCS program to assist producers to conserve energy on their farms through an Agriculture Energy Management Plan (AgEMP), also known as an on-farm energy audit and provide assistance to implement various recommended measures identified in an energy audit.

Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP)
Eligibility: Organizations / Farmers Markets
The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) aims to improve and expand farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

Local Food Promotion Program Grants (LFPP)
Eligibility: Organizations
The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds local and regional food business enterprises that serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and store locally or regionally produced food products.

Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)
Eligibility: Organizations
FSMIP provides matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture and other appropriate State agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products. Check with WSDA to determine program details for Washington State.

Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS)
Eligibility: Farmers & Organizations
The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and their related benefits.

Organics Certification Cost Share Program
Eligibility: Farmers
USDA’s organic cost-share programs provide assistance for certification related expenses through participating States, to organic producers and/or organic handlers. Program details change annually.

Washington’s EQIP Organic Initiative
Eligibility: Farmers
The EQIP Organic Initiative: This assistance from the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) helps producers plan and implement conservation practices to support the environmental sustainability of their organic operations.

Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG)
Eligibility: Organizations
The RBDG program is designed to develop and expand rural small and emerging private business enterprises. Grant funds may be used for targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to support the development of small, private business enterprises.

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program
Eligibility: Organizations
The RCDG program improves the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals and businesses in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other mutually-owned businesses through Cooperative Development Centers.

Washington’s EQIP High Tunnel Initiative
Eligibility: Farmers
Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) High Tunnel System Initiative, Agricultural producers may apply for financial assistance and technical expertise to plan and install High Tunnels and other conservation practices that will facilitate in addressing a resource concern.

Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant
Eligibility: Organizations (Cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers)
The primary objective of the SDGG program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and cooperative development centers.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)
Eligibility: Organizations
The purpose of the SCBGP is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).”

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Eligibility: Farmers and Organizations
SARE is a USDA-supported grant and education program that funds research and education projects for farmers and ranchers.

Value Added Producer Grant Program
Eligibility: Farmers
The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program.

Other Grant Programs


Tilth Alliance – Washington State Organic and Sustainable Farming Fund
Eligibility: Farmers
This grant is for farmers seeking financial assistance to support projects that will improve the economic viability, social impacts, or environmental sustainability of their farm businesses. The goal of this grant program is to enhance the operations of farmers practicing responsible and progressive methods such as sustainable soil management, crop diversification, habitat preservation, climate change mitigation and environmentally-safe waste management practices.

Kellogg Foundation
Eligibility: Organizations
The Kellogg Foundation supports community efforts to strengthen the “value chain” of local food systems from seed to table, through sustainable production, farmers markets and cooperatives, fair treatment of farm workers and investment in local economies.

Kresge Foundation – Fresh, Local & Equitable Initiative
Eligibility: Organizations
The Kresge Foundation is supporting food-oriented initiatives that contribute to economic revitalization, cultural expression and health in low-income communities.

Food & Farm Communications Fund
Eligibility: Non-Profit Organizations

The Core Grants Program is the central offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund, awarding targeted communications support to community-based nonprofit organizations and grassroots networks working to advance systemic and cultural change across our food and farm systems.

The Capacity Mini-Grants is a new grant offering of the Food and Farm Communications Fund. These grants are intended to provide small, community-based organizations with funds to support discrete communications activities that boost an organization’s capacity for mission fulfillment and organizational well-being.

PCC Community Grants
Eligibility: Organizations
Four times each year, PCC awards a $1,000 grant to a school or nonprofit that exemplifies the spirit of the local community, with a particular emphasis on projects and programs that involve food, especially those relating to food education, nutrition and/or food sustainability.

Surdna Foundation – Sustainable Environments Program – Regional Food Supply
Eligibility: Organizations
The Sustainable Environments Program supports efforts to restore regional aggregation and distribution of food that will strengthen urban and rural connections and provide environmental, economic, and community benefits.

Farm Aid
Eligibility: Farmers and Organizations
Farm Aid grant funds are invested in programs that help farm families stay on their land, build local markets, confront the threat of corporate control of agriculture, train new farmers and support farmer-to-farmer programs for more sustainable agricultural practices.

Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office – Farmland Preservation Program
Eligibility: Organizations
The Farmland Preservation Grant Program provides funding to cities, counties, and others to buy development rights on farmlands to ensure the lands remain available for farming in the future.

Organic Valleys Farmers Advocating for Organic (FAFO) Grant
Eligibility: Non-profits and academic/research institutions
FAFO is a grant program funded entirely by annual, voluntary contributions from Organic Valley farmers. It’s the largest farmer-funded grant program in the U.S. and one of the few focused solely on organic. The fund provides a way for Organic Valley farmers to address the long-term needs of the organic marketplace and the future of organic agriculture by supporting the development of long-term solutions.

Bullitt Foundation
Eligibility: Organizations
The Bullitt Foundation focuses its grant making on four program areas: Ecosystem Services, Energy, Industry, and Technology, Urban Ecology, and Leadership and Civic Engagement. It has a special interest in demonstrating innovative approaches that promise to solve multiple problems simultaneously.