Ceres Trust Organic Research Initiative - Deadline: September 25, 2015. Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, seeks applications from universities and other nonprofits in the North Central Region that focus on organic farming systems research. Approximately ten grants of up to $60,000 over three years will be awarded in the region. For more details visit the Ceres Trust website.
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES is offering grants to nonprofit and public agencies through the Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building Program. The purpose of this program is to equip HUD's customers with the skills, tools, and knowledge to ensure effective program delivery and efficient stewardship of federal funds. Deadline: 9/25/2015. Click here to review funding guidelines.
Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Grant Program - Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2015, Application deadline: Sep 30, 2015
Geographic Coverage: Available in 15 states. Offers grants for projects that use creative strategies to improve coordination among USDA-FNS Child Nutrition programs and other nutrition programs, with the aim of increasing participation rates among families with children in persistently poor, rural counties. Sponsor: Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center
USDA Funding to Assist with Organic Certification Costs – Deadline:September 30, 2015. through the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and the AMA Organic Certification Cost Share Program. Purpose: to make organic certification affordable for organic producers and handlers across the country. Funding: $11.9 million. Deadline: applicants for cost share assistance through the AMA are encouraged to apply early; funds are only available through
Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees - Application Deadline: September 30, 2015.
Notice of Solicitation of Application, July 30, 2015, ppt from August 26 & 27 webinar in pdf. USDA Rural Development
Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies Garden Grant” - Deadline: September 30, 2015
Purpose: Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit and vegetable activities into the curriculum, and the ability to sustain the program over multiple years. Eligibility: schools, community organizations, and nonprofit programs gardening with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Funding: 29 programs will receive a check for $100 to be used to purchase soil amendments and fruit and vegetable plantings and $400 in gardening supplies from the KidsGardening.org Shop. One program will receive a grand prize of $1,500. Apply here.
Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages - Application deadline: Oct 14, 2015
Grants for the development of Indian and Alaska Native communities, including new housing construction; housing rehabilitation; land acquisition to support new housing; green energy projects; mold remediation; homeownership assistance; public service facilities such as healthcare entities, child care facilities, and employment-related agencies; economic development; and microenterprise programs.
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Levitt Pavilions Issues CFA for 2016 Outdoor Music Concert Program - DEADLINE:October 15, 2015. Matching grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to support free outdoor concerts in small and mid-sized towns and cities across the country....
NEA Foundation Invites Applications for Learning and Leadership Grants - DEADLINE: October 15, 2015
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to support the professional development of public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education....
LOWE'S CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION is offering grants to public K-12 schools and school parent-teacher groups associated with public schools through the Toolbox for Education Grant Program. Grants of $2,000 to $5,000 are offered for projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or cleanup projects. Deadline: 10/16/2015; however, if 1,500 applications are received before the application deadline, the application process may close. Visit the program’s website here to submit an online application.
Singing for Change Accepting LOIs for Projects to Address Social and Environmental Problems - DEADLINE: Ongoing (Letters of Interest)
Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to progressive nonprofit organizations working to address the root causes of social or environmental problems....
Perceptive Software Accepting Nominations for Educating Excellence Award - DEADLINE: Ongoing
Grants will be awarded to outstanding STEM educators who are making a difference in their students' lives....
Veteran Housing Projects in Rural Areas - Application deadline: Oct 30, 2015
Offers funding to construct, renovate, or rehabilitate veteran housing projects in rural areas of the United States. Sponsor: Home Depot Foundation, Housing Assistance Council
2015 RIS Program Competition, Applications Due: Oct 5, 2015 Includes $10 MM to support two unique grant opportunities this year:
- i6 Challenge: Launched in 2010 as part of the Startup America Initiative, the i6 Challenge is a national competition based on the most impactful national models for startup creation, innovation, and commercialization. In an effort to promote and support inclusion, EDA expects to award up to $2.5 million of the total $8 million to projects that provide services to rural areas. Additionally, the evaluation criteria for applications include the strength of specific outreach plans to populations and communities that are underrepresented in innovation and entrepreneurship and of specific, quantitative metrics to measure the effectiveness of that outreach.
- Seed Fund Support: These cluster grants provide funding for technical assistance to support feasibility, planning, formation, or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds that are offered to innovation-based, growth-oriented start-up companies in exchange for equity. Funds must include job creation in their consideration for issuing capital, and the evaluation criteria for applications include the strength of specific outreach plans to populations and communities that are underrepresented in innovation and entrepreneurship and of specific, quantitative metrics to measure the effectiveness of that outreach.
Micro-Grants/Karma for Cara Foundation - Deadline: Rolling.
Let’s Move! Salad Bars to Schools Purpose: Salad bars for schools. Deadline: Rolling.
Jewel-Osco Community Grants - Deadline: Rolling. Purpose: fund organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet. Jewel-Osco is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations and will support local efforts toward sustainability. Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations. Click here for more information.
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education- Farmer Rancher Grant Program. Purpose: The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC-SARE) seeks farmers and ranchers with projects offering sustainable solutions to farm management. Funding: up to $7,500 for individual grant projects and up to $22,500 for group grant projects. Deadline: Early August-Mid November. Find out more information about the Farmer Rancher Grant Program and the application process.*NOTE: Visit the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Website for more grant opportunities specific to your state.
Over $63.2 million in Specialty Crop Block grants are allocated to U.S. States and territories based on a formula that considers both specialty crop acreage and production value. Purpose: The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).” Interested applicants should apply directly through their state department of agriculture. Eligibility: Organizations or individuals should contact their state department of agriculture for more information. Deadline: A listing of state contacts and application due dates can be found at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp.
USDA Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative -Deadline: Varies by state. Purpose: Assist producers to extend the growing season for high value crops in an environmentally safe manner. Eligibility: Individuals, legal entities, Indian Tribes, and joint operations engaged in agricultural production.
Beginning Farmers Grants and Resources
Students Invited to Apply for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards - DEADLINE: November 4, 2015
Middle and high school students who volunteered to help a community at home or abroad in the previous year are eligible to apply for an award of $1,000....
NCTM Accepting Proposals for Teacher Professional Development Grants - DEADLINE: November 6, 2015
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded in support of professional development efforts that improve the classroom competence of one or more middle-school mathematics teachers....
THE HARRY AND JEANETTE WEINBERG FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofit organizations for general operating, program, and capital project support to help lower income older adults to live dignified, meaningful, and engaged lives in the community and to maintain their independence for as long as possible. Deadline: letter of inquiry accepted any time. Click here for funding guidelines.
Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:
v Foundation Center RFP Service - To subscribe visit: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/
v To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.
v Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship News. To subscribe, http://team.energizingentrepreneurs.org/news2/public_html/lists/?p=subscribe
v Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter: http://www.kansascityfed.org/alert/’
v Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful. http://www.blueavocado.org/
v Rural LISC e-newsletter - http://www.lisc.org/rural
v National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) – www.nado.org
v ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Updates/
v Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up - http://www.orton.org/sign_up
This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.