Scholarships and Grants
Current funding opportunities:
Farm Credit East: Northeast Agricultural Enhancement Grant
Deadline, December 1, 2013
Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants to help organizations promote awareness of agriculture in the 6 New England states, New York and New Jersey. Funds are provided as part of the Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement program, an ongoing educational campaign that supports programs, projects, events, and other activities that promote and strengthen agriculture, forest products or commercial fishing industries in the region.
Northeast SARE Farmer Grants
Deadline for 2014: December 2, 2013
Application Materials: SARE Farmer Grants 2014
Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--must also be involved. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices
The Cora L. Brooks Foundation Clean Water Grant
Deadline: January 10, 2014
Application Materials: Guidelines
Since 1999, the Foundation has provided grants for the purpose of environmental conservation, restoration or education within the watersheds of the Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers, with particular emphasis on environmental protection issues relating to clean water and water related ecologies. Non-profit organizations should request an application by December 16, 2013.
NYSERDA Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program
Deadline: December 1, 2015
First come, first serve basis until funds run out
NYSERDA offers assistance to identify and implement electric and natural gas energy efficiency measures for eligible farms and on-farm producers, including but not limited to: orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. Farms must be a customer of a New York State investor-owned utility and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farm’s current utility bills. Through the Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program you can request an energy audit, project implementation services, or both. NYSERDA will assign a FlexTech Consultant to perform an energy audit at no cost for audits up to $2,500. For more complex energy audits, exceeding $2,500, cost-sharing by the applicant will be required.