Grants and Programs

HFFI Award Promotes Local Sustainable Food System Growth

October 8, 2015

On October 1, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $5 million through its Community Economic Development Program’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). Republic Food Enterprise Center – Growing a Local, Sustainable Food System NSAC congratulates the nine CDCs in seven states that received awards this year from the HHS HFFI program. In […]

Grants Available to Incentivize SNAP Produce Purchases

October 7, 2015

USDA recently announced the availability of $16.8 million through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentives Grant program…

Specialty Crop Grant Awards Announced by USDA

October 6, 2015

On October 5, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) and over $50 million in grants for the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). These awards help support farmers growing fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, also known as “specialty crops,” […]

Millions Now Available for Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Development

October 6, 2015

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a farm bill energy title program, is open for applicants at any time, but application cut-off dates are announced annually. For fiscal year (FY) 2016, the dates range from November 2, 2015 to May 2, 2016, and in limited cases into the summer of 2016, as detailed below […]

New USDA Awards to Build Local Food Systems and Food Security

October 2, 2015

On October 2, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced nearly $35 million in awards from three grant programs to support local and regional food systems, enhance the effectiveness of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) operations at farmers markets, and improve marketing opportunities for farms through state-based research and innovation. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made […]

Rural Businesses Get $20 Million Boost in USDA funding

October 1, 2015

On Tuesday, September 28th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced close to $20 million in grants from the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) Program to support the start-up or expansion of rural small businesses. The program provides competitive grants to governmental entities, Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations for planning, technical assistance, job training, and […]

Additional Support Needed for Veteran and Minority Farmers

September 30, 2015

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded over $8 million in grants to provide outreach and technical assistance to minority, tribal, and veteran farmers and ranchers. These grants were funded through the Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program, also known as the Section 2501 Program. In total, roughly […]

Shutdown or No Shutdown: What Does it All Mean for Agriculture?

September 25, 2015

As Congress begins to recover from Pope Francis’ visit to the Capitol and process Leader Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he will leave Congress in October, it will once again be facing the task of how to fund the government and prevent a shutdown with only days left before the end of the fiscal year.

Treasury Awards Announced to Help with Farm and Food Business Financing

September 18, 2015

Last week the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund announced its latest round of awards for three programs: the CDFI Program, the Native American CDFI Assistance (NACA) Program, and the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The $224 million awarded to the 206 CDFIs around the country invests in and builds the capacity […]

Bringing the Farm to the Kids in Georgia

September 16, 2015

“We can’t always get the kids to the farm, but we can bring the farm to the kids!” — Cleta Long, Nutrition Director, Bibb County School District From school gardens to farmer talks, more and more students in Georgia are learning where food comes from in school classrooms and cafeterias. The luckiest even get to […]

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