Our Partners Working in Funding

Belknap Economic Development CouncilCapital Regional Development CouncilCostal Economic Development CorporationCommunity Development Finance AuthorityCoos Economic Development CorporationFair Food NetworkGrafton Regional Development CorporationLand and Community Heritage Investment ProgramManchester Development CorporationMount Washington Valley Economic CouncilNew England Grassroots Environment FundNH Charitable FoundationNH Community Loan FundNH Department of Agriculture, Markets and FoodNH Department of Environmental ServicesNH Economic DevelopmentNorthern Community Investment CorporationRegional Economic Development Center of Southern New HampshireStrafford Economic Development Corporation of New HampshireUSDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceUSDA Rural Development

Local Grant Resources

  1. NH Farm Future Fund (NH Association of Conservation Districts & the Cheshire County Conservation District)provides funding for farm viability planning in concert with the conservation of important agricultural soils.  Applicants can apply either for financial assistance (up to $10,000) for farmland conservation, or for technical assistance to support succession planning. (closed for 2020)
  2. Agricultural Mini-Grant Program (NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food)- Matching funds are offered for projects promoting New Hampshire Agriculture (up to $1,000/grant, closed for 2020)
  3. Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food)- For projects benefitting fruit, vegetable, herb, honey, maple, floriculture, nursery, and Christmas tree crops (total of $272,000 available, due May 1, 2020)


 Regional Grant Resources

  1. Farmer Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)- for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.  (Up to $15,000/grant, opens Fall 2020)
  2. Graduate Student Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)- for graduate students who are researching topics in sustainable agriculture that will serve the interests of farmers and the greater agricultural community. (Up to $15,000/grant, due April 21, 2020)
  3. Partnership Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)- for projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers to encourage design and implementation of innovative solutions to current sustainability challenges or advance sustainable agriculture (Up to $30,000/grant, due April 14, 2020)
  4. Professional Development Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)- For projects building the skills and knowledge of agricultural service providers related to sustainable farming techniques ($30,000-$150,000/grant, opens Summer 2020)
  5. Research and Education Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)-For projects conducting research or education activities which benefit farmers and rural communities ($30,000-$200,000/grant, opens Summer 2020)
  6. Research for Novel Approaches Grant (Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)-For projects exploring new ways to approach sustainable farming practices, marketing, or other techniques ($30,000-$200,000, opens Summer 2020)
  7. Grow Grant (New England Grassroots Environmental Fund)- For projects expanding established groups working in environmental action ($1,000-$3,500/grant, closed for Spring 2020)
  8. Young Leaders Grant (New England Grassroots Environmental Fund)- Supports initiatives that allow young adults (under 25) to design, lead, and engage a community-based environmental effort from inception ($5,000-$7,500/grant, opens Summer 2020)
  9. Seed Grant (New England Grassroots Environmental Fund)- For new projects starting to work in environmental action or for evolving the scale of an existing project. (Rolling)


National Grant Resources

  1. Value Added Producer Grant (USDA Rural Development) assists producers in starting or expanding the processing and/or marketing of value-added agricultural products. Grants can be for either planning or working capital projects (Up to $250,000, closed for 2020)
  2. Conservation Innovation Grant (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)-For projects developing new conservation technologies for agricultural land or assisting with their adoption (On-Farm Trial applications due May 11,2020)
  3. Economic Impact Initiative Grants (USDA Rural Development)- For projects building or developing community resources within the local food system 
  4. Farm to School Grant Program (USDA Food and Nutrition Service)- For planning, implementing, supporting, or providing training for farm to school projects (closed for 2020)
  5. Farmers Market Promotion Program (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)- For projects creating or developing local food marketing opportunities as with farmers' markets, farm stands, and CSAs ($50,000-$500,000, 25% match required, due May 26, 2020)
  6. Federal State Marketing Improvement Program (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)-For projects innovating in the area of local food marketing with the purpose of increasing efficiency
  7. Local Food Promotion Program (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)-For projects involved in planning for or the implementation of a local or regional food enterprise ($25,000-$500,000, due May 26, 2020)
  8. Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)-For projects by agricultural producers with the goal of extending the season to provide access to local food (Rolling)
  9. Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program (USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture) - support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. ($100,000-$500,000, 100% match required, due May 18, 2020)
  10. Regional Food Systems Partnership Program: supports partnerships that connect public and private resources to plan and develop local or regional food systems. Effort is focused on building and strengthening local or regional food economy viability and resilience. ($100,000-$1,000,000, 25% match required, due May 26, 2020)
  11. Community Foods Project Grants Program (USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture) -  supports projects that meet the needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach, or improved food access. ($35,000-$400,000, 100% match required, due June 3, 2020)
  12. Beginning Farmer & Ranches Development Program (USDA National Institute of Food & Agriculture) - to develop and offer education, training, outreach and mentoring programs to enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers. ($50,000-250,000, closed for 2020)
  13. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. Applicants are encouraged to apply for one of five areas including professional development, training of undergraduate students, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training. (Deadline to apply varies, first deadline July 16, 2020)
  14. The Fruit Guys Community Fund (The Fruit Guys) - provides small grants (up to $5,000) to small farms and agricultural nonprofits for sustainability projects that have large impacts on the environment, local food systems, and farm diversity. (opens Winter 2020)
  15. Food & Farm Communications Fund -  offers Core Grants ($15,000-35,000) for targeted communications support to advance grassroots organizations and their networks; and Capacity Mini Grants ($1,000-5,000) for communications capacity boosts and skills development opportunities. (closed for 2020)


New England Fiscal Sponsors:

  1. Permaculture Assocation of the Northeast - you or your organization must be or become a PAN member, fee ranges from 5-10% dependant on amount of funds
  2. TSNE Missionworks - provides support for nonprofits at any stage of development and growth. Minimum 2 year commitment. Fee ranges from 9-15%.
  3. Tiny Seed Project - encourages creative endeavors that promote conservation of our planet, by way of environmental awareness and community building, to preserve and protect nature. The fee for services is 7%.
  4. Land Conservation & Advocacy Trust Inc. - provides legal support, fiscal sponsorship and technical assistance to help preserve open spaces, farm land, historic places and architecture, natural resources, and to promote sustainability and smart-growth ideals that foster these land conservation values. Base fee of 5.5%
  5. The Marion Institute - an incubator of initiatives that promote positive social change, with a focus on sustainability, education, health and healing, and spirituality. Must have an annual budget of $40,000 or more, fee is 10%. 
  6. Peace Development Fund - partners with community-based organizations and social justice movements. Sponsored projects cannot use federal government funding. Fee is 7.5%
  7. MissionEarth - mission is to empower, educate and encourage our partners so as to enable maximum impact on progressive social innovation. Fee ranges from 4.5-8.5%
Funding Resources