Listing of Grant Resources
March 6, 2019
Michael Fields Grants Advising is a free service available to farmers, farmer organizations and institutions in the Upper Midwest region of the United States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Our grants advisors are available to help identify appropriate grant programs to fit the client’s proposed project, clarify the goals and scope of the project, and review the client’s grant proposal.
The advisors also send out periodic email announcements about state and federal grant programs that may be of interest to farmers and farmer organizations in the target region. To sign up for the email list please email Martin Bailkey, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Michael Fields Grants Advising service is jointly funded by the McKnight Foundation, the Wisconsin Farmers Union, and the North Central region of USDA-SARE.
Below is a list of the grant programs and sources of general support we most frequently recommend to clients. If any of these seem to fit the goals of your project, please be in touch!
Primary grants advisor: Martin Bailkey, email@example.com
USDA-SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)
Professional Development Program
USDA-AMS (United States Department of Agriculture- Agricultural Marketing Service)
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Local Food Promotion Program
Organic Cost Share Program
Specialty Crop Block Grant (State by State)
Sheep Production and Marketing Grant
USDA Rural Development
Renewable Energy for America Program (REAP)
Value Added-Producer Grant (State by State)
USDA- NIFA* (National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Community Food Projects Grant
*NIFA has a variety of specialized agricultural research and innovation grants available: https://nifa.usda.gov/rfa-list
USDA Partnerships and Public Engagement
Outreach and Assistance for Social Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (2501) Program
USDA- NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service)
Conservation Innovation Grants
Conservation Stewardship Program
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
*NRCS also has a variety of other grant and cost-sharing programs for conservation practices
USDA – Farm Service Agency
Farm Loan Programs
USDA Risk Management
Education Partnerships (State by State)
USDA Support for New Farmers – including Veterans
State Departments of Agriculture
State Departments of Agriculture often offer grants for local food marketing, value-added production, urban agriculture, agricultural education, and other areas of interest. Please get in touch with your State Department of Ag for more information.
State Extension Offices
While not sources of funding in themselves, local extension agents provide assistance in various areas of farm planning that can help identify specific areas for which to seek funding, such as pasture improvement or new infrastructure elements.
Annie’s Organics Grants for Gardens
Blooming Prairie Foundation
Clif Bar Small Grants
FarmAid Farmer Resources Network
Food Animal Concerns Trust
Frontera Farmer Foundation
*Local and community foundations are also a great resource for community agriculture projects. Contacting your local chamber of commerce is a good place to start looking for local foundations.
For more on MFAI’s Grant Advising Service and how we can help you check out our resource page.