Grants and Programs


Changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program and Likely More to Come

July 27, 2020

Anyone who has been near a computer or television during the past week is certainly aware of the chaotic negotiations in the Senate as Majority leadership works to craft their version of a fourth coronavirus pandemic response bill (C4). The House passed their $3 trillion HEROES Act (C4) more than two months ago (May 15, […]

Latest Round of Farm to School Grants Tops $12 million as Pandemic Uncertainty Persists

July 23, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $12.1 million in Farm to School Grants to 159 grantees in 48 states, Guam and Washington D.C. This is the largest round of awards since the grant program was first authorized and is a most welcome against the backdrop of uncertainty caused by lost markets and the possibility […]

SBA Loan Deadline Extended — Recent Changes Make Aid a Better Fit for Farmers

June 25, 2020

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post written by the Farmers’ Legal Action Group. Find earlier reporting from FLAG on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on their website, and find NSAC’s initial reporting on PPP on our blog. The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program, a COVID-19 relief program that can be useful to many […]

USDA Food Box Program Falls Short of Supporting Small Farms

June 18, 2020

In late April, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the highly anticipated Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), a two pronged plan the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would implement to distribute $23.5 billion in Congressionally provided aid to farmers impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. CFAP consists of two distinct programs: $16 billion in direct […]

Inaugural Urban Agriculture and Community Compost Funding Opportunities Announced

May 28, 2020

Americans’ interest in knowing more about where, how, and by whom their food is produced has been growing for many years and the coronavirus pandemic has shown new light on the serious shortcomings in our highly concentrated food production system. Along with the rise of the local food movement there has also been a building […]

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Now Accepting Applications

May 27, 2020

The Reinvestment Fund (RF) recently announced the opening of 2020 applications for financial and technical assistance through the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) Targeted Small Grants program. Funding for the HFFI is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), authorized by the Farm Bill to offer $3 million in grant funds for food […]

What Farmers Need to Know About the USDA COVID-19 Aid Program Opening Next Week

May 22, 2020

USDA recently announced details of the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which will open for enrollment on May 26, 2020. CFAP will provide $16 billion in aid to farmers who suffered economic losses due to the pandemic. NSAC is glad to see relief begin to flow to farmers, but there are several shortcomings in the program that will make it more difficult for some farmers to seek relief. In this blog, we break down what farmers need to know about this new program.

$15 Million Available for Conservation Innovation Grants

May 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the availability of $15 million for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. This is in addition to the $25 million announced in March for on-farm trials. This funding announcement is the traditional CIG option that has been offered in the past and is referred to as […]

Will the HEROES Act Rescue Farmers?

May 15, 2020

As farmers and communities across the country continue to struggle to adapt to the new normal that is life amidst a global pandemic, Congress set the stage this week for the fourth round of federal aid to combat this crisis. And while previous aid packages have addressed some of the most urgent relief, our nation’s […]

$20 Million Available to Support Veterans and Respond to Farm Stress

May 13, 2020

USDA recently announced the availability of $20 million to to support farmer mental health and training for military veterans.

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