Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP)
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
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
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)
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)
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
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
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)
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
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
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)
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
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.