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Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food Funding & Opportunities

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Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship Program
Scholarships to encourage Native American college students to enter careers in agriculture and agriculture-related fields with the ultimate goal of increasing food production, improving health and nutrition, and eliminating food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 4, 2018
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Keepseagle Fast-Track Grants to Support Native Farmers and Ranchers
Grants to grow or expand programs and services to organizations in Native communities that serve Native farmers and ranchers, with an emphasis on building food systems, food sovereignty, and economic development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Oct 5, 2018
Application Deadline: Dec 14, 2018
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant Program
Grants to support new or existing edible gardens at K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 15, 2018
Sponsor: Whole Kids Foundation
USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) - Phase I
Funding for research that focuses on the development of new technologies that address important problems affecting people, institutions, and communities in rural America, including health, agriculture, and the environment.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Annie's Grants for Gardens
Grants to develop edible garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 1, 2018
Sponsor: Annie's Homegrown, Inc.
Youth Garden Grant
Awards funding and gardening supplies to schools and community organizations with youth-centered garden programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 17, 2018
Sponsor: KidsGardening.org
Walmart Foundation Community Grant Program
Grants to support the needs of local communities in the areas of hunger relief and healthy eating, health and human services, quality of life, education, community and economic development, diversity and inclusion, public safety, and environmental sustainability.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2018
Sponsor: Walmart Foundation
Community Food Projects Technical Assistance
One-on-one technical assistance, educational resources, and professional development opportunities for current grantees and potential applicants of the USDA Community Food Projects grant program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition
Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants
Grants to Native organizations working to create food security utilizing traditional seeds, foods, and growing methods.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Honor the Earth
National School Lunch Afterschool Snack Program
Funding for schools and residential child care institutions to provide afterschool snacks to low-income children who participate in the National School Lunch program.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Summer Food Service Program
Funding to provide free, nutritious meals and snacks to help children in low-income areas get the nutrition they need during the summer months.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program Inactive
Grants to develop and expand existing farm to school initiatives and other food and agriculture experiential learning initiatives within a distinct service area with the overall goal of increasing access to school meals for low-income children while also improving food quality.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 9, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) Inactive
Grants for projects that assist in the development, improvement, and expansion of domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community‐supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer‐to‐consumer market opportunities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) Inactive
Grants to tribal colleges and universities for research projects that address concerns and needs of tribal and reservation communities, including projects that focus on health, environment, and agricultural production needs of remote reservation communities through research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 23, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations Nutrition Education Grant Inactive
Funding to provide nutrition education to participants of the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, resulting in healthier food choices and a better understanding of healthy food preparation methods.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 16, 2018
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
School Grants for Healthy Kids Inactive
Awards funding to implement school health and wellness practices that help students eat better, stay physically active, and be better prepared to learn.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2018
Sponsor: Action for Healthy Kids
Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Program Inactive
Offers funding for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to promote economic revitalization in low-income communities. Works to build capacity of programs that serve low-income people who lack access to affordable financial products and services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2018
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Native American Community Development Financial Institution Assistance Program (NACA) Inactive
Funding to increase access to credit, capital and financial services in Native Communities through the creation and expansion of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) primarily serving Native Communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 4, 2018
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Treasury
Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program (FINI) Inactive
Supports projects that will increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by providing incentives at the point of purchase.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 13, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Farm to School Grant Program Inactive
Grants to plan, establish, or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods in schools.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 8, 2017
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program Inactive
Grants to plan or implement food projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 4, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Local Foods, Local Places Inactive
Provides direct technical assistance to communities to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food, and promote wellness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Sustainable Community Innovation Grant (SCIG) Program Inactive
Funds projects that promote both sustainable agriculture and community development strategies in the south, including projects such as farmers markers and nutrition classes.
Geographic coverage: Available in 13 southern states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. See program guidance for details.
Application Deadline: Jun 2, 2017
Sponsor: Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) Inactive
Supports projects that strengthen local Native American food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 24, 2017
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants Inactive
Grants for Native communities to conduct community food assessments in order to better understand the historical, current, and future state of their local food systems. The assessment results should be used in developing plans to increase control over local food systems and promote healthy Native communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 17, 2017
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute
Farmers’ Market SNAP Support Grants Inactive
Awards funding to support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP/Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) services at farmers’ markets.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 18, 2015
Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2015
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Cooperative Agreement Inactive
Will award funds to establish a national center dedicated to reducing child food insecurity in persistently poor rural counties.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 20, 2014
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Last Updated: 9/17/2018