Looking for a grant but don’t know where to start? Look no further. We’ve got a list of available grants for growers.
Federal and State Grants
- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
The funding from this organization is capped at $15,000 with an annual deadline in December. No match is required.
- USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
This grant is available to help farmers make energy improvements. Funding levels vary for this grant. To be eligible, businesses must be in an area with a population greater than 50,000 inhabitants. Learn more about this grant here.
- Value Added Producer Grants
According to the Cornell Small Farms Program, this grant encourages producers of commodities to refine products to increase their value. Grant amounts can reach $100,000 for planning grants and up to $300,000 for working capital grants. Learn more about it here.
- Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
This grant program is dedicated to supporting new farmers and ranchers. These grants cannot exceed more than $250,000 per year and according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, applicants must be collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally based networks or partnerships of public and private groups. More information can be found here.
- Rural Energy for America Program
According to the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development website, this organization provides grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may apply if they have at least 50 percent of the gross income from their operations. Find out more information here.
- Specialty Crop Block Grant Program
According to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Market (VAAFM), they administer the funds to enhance the competitiveness of Vermont and regionally-grown specialty crops like vegetables, fruits, honey and hops. Awards aren’t capped and applications must show matching funds of at least 50 percent. Learn more here.
- Working Lands Enterprise Fund
This grant provides funds to support agriculture and forestry projects, according to VAAFM. Applications are accepted after the fall and primary applicants must be based in Vermont.