Other Funding Opportunities

Beyond the annual funding opportunity we provide through the Extension Risk Management Education (ERME) program and the North Central ERME Center, we want to keep you informed of  funding opportunities to help serve America’s farmers and ranchers in addressing risk management on their operations. From time to time, these opportunities become available to fund educational programming for risk management education. We will post links to these programs as we are notified.

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to compete for financial assistance through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program. Funding is being provided to eligible entities who, in partnership with the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE), will conduct outreach initiatives and training to achieve the overall goal of the 2501 Program—to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in agricultural programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Applications opened July 15, 2019 and proposals must be submitted through www.grants.gov and received by August 15, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered for funding. View the Federal Register announcement.

Teleconferences during the open period of this announcement will be held to answer any clarifying questions as follows:

  • July 23, 2019 at 2 p.m. EST, Telephone Number: (800) 230-1085, Passcode: 469845
  • August 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. EST, Telephone Number: (800) 230-1059, Passcode: 469846

The FY 2019 Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) is now available. The purpose of FRSAN is to establish a network that connects individuals who are engaged in farming, ranching, and other agriculture-related occupations to stress assistance programs. The establishment of a network that assists farmers and ranchers in time of stress can offer a conduit to improving behavioral health awareness, literacy, and outcomes for agricultural producers, workers and their families.

Applications may only be submitted by a collaborative state; tribal; local or regionally-based network, or partnership of qualified public and/or private entities. These collaborations may include the following entities: Indian tribes, State departments of agriculture, State cooperative extension services; and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). View the RFA. View the Grants.gov page. This RFA was posted on June 25 with a closing date of Thursday, July 25, 2019. An applicant webinar was held Tuesday, July 9.

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is America’s flagship competitive grants program for research, education, and extension projects in the food and agricultural sciences. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awards AFRI grants to stimulate rural economies, increase food production, promote the bioeconomy, mitigate impacts of climate variability, address water availability issues, ensure food safety and security, enhance human nutrition, and train the next generation of the agricultural workforce program. AFRI grants support research, education and extension activities in six Farm Bill priority areas: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. The letter of intent deadline and application deadline varies by program area. Be sure to check the RFA. Read the AFRI fact sheet.

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development ProgramThis grant program is now closed for 2019. Request for Applications;  BFRDP Funding Opportunity Webpage; 

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking (FBMB) Competitive Grants Program – The program is closed for 2019.

Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund – This program is closed for 2019.


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