Grants & Funding Opportunities

Ongoing Funding Opportunities:  

James Beard Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans

Deadline: January 22, 2021

In acknowledgement of the immeasurable contribution that Black and Indigenous communities have made to the modern American foodscape, The James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans seeks to provide financial resources for food or beverage businesses that are majority-owned by Black or Indigenous individuals. These grants are part of their Open for Good campaign, launched in April to rebuild an independent restaurant industry that is stronger, more equitable, more sustainable, and more resilient when it re-opens post-COVID-19. 
The application period for the James Beard Foundation Food and Beverage Investment Fund for Black and Indigenous Americans is open until 3:00 PM on Friday, January 22, 2021.
To read more about the fund and how you can apply, visit



USDA Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

Deadline: March 22, 2021

Applications are now being accepted for the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG). Up to $75,000 for planning grants and up to $250,000 for working capital grants. The deadline is March 22, 2021 and applicants are urged to submit a paper copy, to USDA Rural Development, Attention Gary Pereira, 9025 River Road, Marcy, NY 13403.


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Rural Energy for America Program Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2021

Small business in eligible rural areas Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations are eligible to apply. The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural productions and proceesing

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Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program (Farm Credit AgEnhancement)

Next Deadline: April 1, 2021

Each year, Northeast agricultural credit associations and CoBank award grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to help organizations promote awareness and strengthen agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products in the six New England states, New York and New Jersey. Since its inception in 1996, the Farm Credit.


Proposals for Farm Credit AgEnhancement grant funding will be considered three times per year: April 1, August 1 and December 1. For consideration, an application with the letter and other materials must be received by the close of business on April 1, August 1 and December 1. Receipt of projects after these dates will be held for consideration in the next review. It is recommended that the application be submitted in a grant cycle well in advance of the project date so that if the project is funded,


Labor Ready Farmer Project - Funding Available

Deadline: Rolling
The Cornell Small Farms Program, through the Labor Ready Farmer project, has grant funding available to offer one-on-one technical assistance to beginning farmers, including next generation farmers on family farms, on different labor and workforce management needs. This "Smart Farming Team" grant funding is available for up to 20 eligible farms.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

For additional grant information please contact Nicole Waters at 607-255-9911 or

Click Here for Application


USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities

​Funding from the US Department of Agriculture is available to assist farms, schools and every link in between feeding kids healthy, local meals; teaching them about food, farming and nutrition; and supporting local agricultural economies.

For more information click here

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