Agency Funding Opportunity Purpose Eligibility Type of
USDA Rural Community Build capacity of rural Non-profits, Grant
Rural Dev. Development Initiative communities or non-profits to government agencies,
undertake com./econ dev Tribal groups
USDA Intermediary Re- Provides funds to an non-profits, Loan
Rural Dev. lending Program intermediary organization to government agencies,
provide loans to support Tribal groups, rural
economic development in rural cooperatives
areas, including direct loans to
USDA Cooperative Provide assistance to rural non-profits Grant
Development Grant residents to form cooperatives.
Program That assistance can include
grants or loans directly to the
USDA Community Food Provide funding to low-income non-profits Grant
CSREES Projects and underserved communities to
develop local food systems that
increase food security and
access to healthy foods.
USDA Value-Added Provide funding to producers to Producers or producer Grant
Rural Dev. Agriculture Producer develop or implement value- groups
Grants added activities.
USDA Rural Business Provide funding for rural projects non-profits, state/local Grant
Rural Dev. Enterprise Grants that provide financing or governments
technical assistance to small
USDA Rural Economic Provide funding to rural utilities Rural utilities. Grant or
Rural Dev. Development to make loans to businesses or Loan
Loan/Grant Program organizations to support
USDA Rural Business Provide funding for economic Rural non-profits, Grant
Rural Dev. Opportunity Grants development projects in rural govertment agencies,
communities. Tribal groups,
USDA Rural Energy for Provide funding to producers or Producers, rural small Grant or
Rural Dev. America Grant/Loan rural small business to develop businesses. loan
and install energy efficiency or
renewable energy systems.
USDA Beginning Farmer and Provide funding to organizations Non-profit, government Grant
CSREES Rancher Development to provide training and technical agency,
Grants assistance that helps beginning college/university.
farmers and ranchers. Preference given to
EDA Public Works and Provide funding for infrastructure Government agencies, Grant
Economic Development necessary to support economic colleges/universities,
serve a "special need"
HUD Rural Housing and Provide funding to housing or Rural non-profits, Tribal Grant
Economic Development economic development projects. groups, CDCs, state
Projects can include direct loans community dev.
to businesses. Agencies.
Treasury New Markets Tax Offers tax credits to financing Certified Community Tax
Credits institutions that make Development Entities. Credit
investments in low-income
USDA Farmers Market Offers funding to help farmers agricultural Grant
AMS Promotion Program market direct to consumers cooperatives, producer
including through farmers networks, producer
markets, roadside stands, CSA's associations, local
and agritourism. governments, nonprofit
authorities and Tribal
NMDA Specialty Crop Block Funding for a variety of projects Businesses, producers, Grant
Grants to increase production and cooperatives, non-profit
marketing of any non-commodity organizations.
USDA Healthy Food Establish and assist enterprises Non-profit Grant
CSREES Enterprise Center that process, distribute, organizations,
aggregate, store, and market Cooperatives,
healthy affordable foods Commercial Entities,
USDA Environmental Quality Provide incentives to farmers Farmers and ranchers Grant
NRCS Incentives Program and ranchers to implement or farming/ranching
sustainable practices and businesses.
provide funding to help farmers
and ranchers comply with
Includes organic production and
energy efficiency and renewable
USDA Farm and Ranch Land Provides matching funds to State, local and Tribal Grant
NRCS Protection Program purchase conservation governments, non-
easements. profits that have
Max. Award Due Date Application Requires Program Examples
Process Match? Period
300,000 May? Submitted to local Yes, 100% Up to 3 years Train the trainer, technical
Rural Dev. Office or assistance, hiring of staff
through grants.gov; members to provide
narrative of approx technical assistance
30 pages, plus
750,000 Contact Rural No Could be used to set up a
Development microenterprise loan fund to
provide start-up or
improvement capital to
grocery stores or food
300,000 Submit either in Yes, 25% 1 year Could be used to help start a
paper or through buying club, a producer
grants.gov. Narrative cooperative, a cooperative
of up to 40 pages grocery store
plus additional forms.
300,000 May? Submit online Yes, 100% 1-3 years Help low-income
through grants.gov. communities develop
Narrative of up to 10 community gardens or help
pages plus additional minority farmers develop a
forms. marketing cooperative. Bring
EBT to farmers markets.
300,000 for May? Either in paper or Yes, 100%, 1 year Start up funds for a berry
working through grants.gov. can include farm. Development of a
capital, Narrative of up to 35 in-kind specialty grain marketing
100,000 for pages plus additional cooperative.
no maximum, Contact Rural No Provide enterprise
but smaller Development development services and
projects given small loans to rural
Contact Rural No
50,000 Contact Rural Business incubators,
Development technical assistance to
studies, econ. development
$500,000 for Contact Rural Yes, grants Funding to purchase solar
grants, $25 Development can fund panels for greenhouses.
million for only 25% of
loans total project
of up to 50%
$250,000 Mar-09 CSREES will issue a Yes, 25% 3 years Develop a farm internship
request for can include program.
applications in in-kind.
Ongoing. Pre-application with Business incubators, basic
$300,000 May? Submit to HUD or No 3 years Establish a grocery store in a
online through rural area.
grants.gov. 15 page
Tax credits Ongoing. Apply with 7 years A CDC can get a tax credit
up to 39% of Department of for investing in a grocery
investment. Treasury. store in an underserved
$75,000 March? Submit to Agricultural No 18 months Marketing training for
Marketing Service farmers, consumer
either online or hard education, helping low-
copy. 10-page single- income consumers access
spaced narrative and markets, improving farmers'
additional market management. Cannot
documents. be used to buy land or
$10-30,000 15-May Submit letter to Yes, 100%? 1 year Create a New Mexico grass-
NMDA. fed beef branding program.
?? May, RFP Submit to CSREES. No Develop a business that
out in brings together crops from
March several small farmers to sell
to a school district.
$300,000 Apply to NRCS. Brief Covers up to 1-10 years Can be used to cover costs
over a six application form. 75% of costs for organic conversion or
year period. or 90% for development of on-farm
limited renewable energy systems.
resource or Also, water conservation.
Ongoing. Easement granting Yes, 100% Could provide a 50-50 match
organization applies for state tax credits issued
to NRCS State for conservation easements.