Funding Resources:SARE, OFRF, Sun Grants and USDA Value Added Producer Grants
Posted: September 29, 2009
New Webinars on Northeast SARE Grant Programs
Two webinars were held recently that covered details of Northeast SARE's Sustainable Community Grant, Farmer Grant, and Parnership Grant programs. Hosted by Penn State and presented by representatives from Northeast SARE and the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, the webinars provided an overview of the grant programs, strategies for designing competitive projects and proposals, and numerous examples of previously funded projects.
Upcoming deadlines for SARE grant applications are on November 24 for Sustainable Community Grants, December 1 for Partnership Grants, and December 8 for Farmer Grants.
For more information about Northeast SARE grant programs contact Charlie White (firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-863-9922) or visit the Northeast SARE website at https://nesare.org/.
Organic Farming Research Foundation proposal deadline nears
The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will accept organic research and educational proposals through November 16, 2009. OFRF has awarded 290 grants totaling more than $2.3 million in support of organic farming research and education projects since 1990.
OFRF seeks to fund research projects that address production challenges in organic systems. Farmer/rancher participation, taking a systems approach, and using a valid experimental design are high priorities to the OFRF board in selecting research projects.
Educational projects should be directed toward developing educational opportunities or materials for organic and/or transitioning farmers and ranchers.
For more information on applying for a grant, refer to OFRF’s Requests for Applications online at https://ofrf.org/grants/apply.html. If you have additional questions, you may contact OFRF Organic Research Specialist Jane Sooby by e-mail at email@example.com, or phone 831-426-6606.
Northeast Sun Grant Institute Announces Competitive Grant Funds for 2010
Tthe Northeast Sun Grant Institute (NESGI) is pleased to
announce the availability of competitive grant funds from the U.S. Department
of Transportation in the amount of $1.050M for FY 2010. The NESGI will seek
proposals from qualified institutions and individuals that address the three
strategic goals elucidated in the 2004 NESGI Roadmap, e.g., Biofuels, BioPower
and BioProducts. In 2010, Northeast Sun Grant Initiative will seek proposals
with emphasis on northeast region feedstock inventories, systems modeling,
industrial ecology and environmental impact, and distributed scalable technologies.
A copy of the complete 2010 RFA is attached and it also can be accessed at the link on the NESGI website: https://www.nesungrant.cornell.edu/
In addition, applicants should be aware of the following:
* Grants must demonstrate a 25% match (non-federal funds)
* Individuals, businesses, non-profits and other educational institutions may participate through partnership with an 1862, 1890 or 1994 land grant institution.
Two types of applications are being sought:
Research Proposals: Grants that address the Northeast Sun Grant priorities will be provided to single investigators or small teams for up to $150,000 (total Sun Grant dollars) (1-3 years in duration). Single or multi-component (research and/or education and/or outreach) proposals are appropriate. (15 page proposal narrative limit.)
Cooperative Extension and Education Mini-Grant Proposals: Education and/or outreach proposals may seek up to $30,000 (total Sun Grant dollars over the duration of the project) (1-3 years in duration possible) in support of graduate students, cooperative extension educator training or outreach programs. (10 page proposal narrative limit).
Also, please note that Letters of Intent are "required" by November 13, 2009, with full proposals due February 3, 2010, 5 PM Eastern. Letters of Intent are for our administrative purposes and everyone who submits a letter of intent by the deadline is invited to submit a full proposal. Letters of intent and full proposals need to be submitted through the online Webnibus System through a link on the Northeast Sun Grant Website at: https://www.nesungrant.cornell.edu. Questions can be directed to Dr. Tom Fretz, Chair of the NESGI Steering Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Dr. Corinne Rutzke at email@example.com.
USDA Value Added Producer Grant
USDARural Development welcomes projects that highlight innovative uses of agricultural products. This may include using existing agricultural products in non-traditional ways and/or merging agricultural products with technology in creative ways. As with all value-added efforts, generating new products, creating expanded marketing opportunities and increasing producer income are the end goal. Applications proposing to develop innovative, sustainable products, businesses, or marketing opportunities that accelerate creation of new economic opportunities and commercialization in the agri-food, agri-science, or agriculture products integrated or merged with other sciences or technologies are invited. This may include alternative uses of agricultural products as well as, value-added processing of agricultural commodities to produce bio-materials (e.g. plastics, fiberboard), green chemicals, functional foods (e.g. lutin enhanced ‘‘power bar’’ snacks, soy enhanced products), nutraceuticals, on-farm renewable energy, and biofuels (e.g. ethanol, biodiesel). Awards may be made for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000.
DUE DATES: Applications for grants must be submitted on paper or electronically by November 30, 2009.
For more information visit: https://www.rurdev.usda.gov/rbs/coops/vadg.htm
Bernard Linn or Dane Bowerman
USDA Rural Development
One Credit Union Place, Suite 330
Harrisburg, PA 17110–2996
Bernard: (717) 237–2182; Bernard.Linn@pa.usda.gov
Dane: (717) 237-2283; Dane.Bowerman@pa.usda.gov