Grant Opportunities

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Grant Opportunities

If you are looking for grant funding to build markets, do research, or improve agricultural practices, see the resources listed below. We administer two USDA-funded grant programs and offer links to several others.

Specialty Crop Block Grants

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops. Grant funds aim to make these Washington crops more competitive.

Specialty Crop Multi-state Program

The Specialty Crop Multi-State Program (SCMP) offers grant to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address regional or national specialty crop issues.

Northeast Washington Wolf Livestock Management Grant

These grants aim to develop community-based, nonlethal methods to protect livestock from wolves. See the list of awarded projects for 2017.
USDA Grants is a source to find and apply for federal grants.  It is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.  Search for grants or sign up for email alerts.

Notices of Solicitation of Applications
Notices of Solicitation of Applications (NOSAs) or Notices of Funding of Availability published in the Federal Register are summarized daily at this site.

USDA Farm Service Agency Programs
FSA helps to ensure a stable food supply for the nation by supporting American farmers.   USDA Value Added Producers Grant
The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.

USDA Rural Business Development Grants
USDA Rural Development Grants is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue.

USDA Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
The Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture by providing funds to purchase conservation easements.

USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher
This Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program provides grants to organizations for education, mentoring, and technical assistance initiatives for beginning farmers or ranchers.

USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program
Community Food Projects are designed to increase food security in communities by bringing the whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems to improve the self-reliance of community members over their food needs.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program is a USDA grant and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers, and educators who want to develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect want and land, and revitalize communities.