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Current Grant Opportunities

Added November 15, 2010.

Pennsylvania Direct Farm Sales Grant Program

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Food Distribution is now accepting applications for the Direct Farm Sales Grant Program project year 2011. The Program provides funds to Pennsylvania-based businesses that manage or operate a farm stand or farmers’ markets, non-profit organizations, farmers and local governments for projects intended to promote new or existing farmers’ markets. Projects must pertain to specialty crops. The maximum Grant amount per farm stand or farmers’ market location shall be $7,500 and applicants shall be expected to provide 25% of the approved Grant amount in matching funds or in-kinds goods or services. 
Proposals are due November 23, 2010. For more information, call: (717) 787-4737

Ohio Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund

Business owners can now apply for their share of $2 million in low-interest loans funded by the Ohio Department of Agriculture through a newly created Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund. The Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund will make loans available for the creation and expansion of businesses and industries that support agriculture and rural Ohio that focus on aquaculture, food processing and biofuels in Ohio. Loans will range from $10,000 - $100,000, and the revolving loan fund will finance up to 90 percent of the total project cost. No application deadline is specified. For more information about the Agriculture Revolving Loan Fund, visit under Promotional Programs.

NESARE Farmer Grants

Are you a farmer with a new idea you would like to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, or other technique?

Funding is available to support your on-farm research via a Farmer Grant from Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education). The deadline for SARE Farmer Grants is December 7th , 2010. SARE Farmer Grant funds can be used to explore new marketing and production techniques, pest management, cover crops, composting, agroforestry, new crop trials, bee health and alternative pollinators, new tool development, and a very broad range of other topics that improve profitability, stewardship, and the rural community.

Grant awards are capped at $15,000. Grant funds may be used to purchase materials specific to the project, to pay you, the farmer, for your time, to compensate consultants and service providers, and to pay project-specific expenses like lab, travel, and outreach costs.

Funds /cannot/ be used for capital costs or to buy durable equipment, nor can funds be use to buy land, start a farm, or expand an existing operation. Utility, food, and meal costs are also generally excluded except under certain limited circumstances, and clothes--hats, tee shirts, aprons, etc.--are not permitted. In the same vein, giveaways or imprinted promotional items are excluded.

If you think a SAREfarmer grant might be the right fit for you, a great way to start is to download and read “How to Write a SAREFarmer Grant” at the link:

Next, find out what Northeast SARE has funded in your interest area. Is your idea new, interesting, and addressing an important question about sustainable farming? Previously funded projects are posted at:

A technical advisor--often an extension agent, crop consultant, or other service professional--is required as a project participant. Projects should seek results other farmers can use, and all projects must have the potential to add to our knowledge about effective sustainable practices.

To communicate with NESARE, send e-mail to or call 802-656-0471.