The following is a listing of funding opportunities potentially available for projects related to Agriculture and Food with focus on programs applicable to North Central Kansas. Click here for helpful tips on seeking project funding.

American Farm Bureau Federation Ag Innovation Challenge

Rural entrepreneurs compete for startup funds in this competition focused exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture businesses. To submit an idea, must be a for-profit company, a current Farm Bureau member and at least 18 years of age.

Deadline: Annually, generally in June.
Organization: American Farm Bureau Federation

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants

Priority is given to applicants that address the following funding priorities: Protect Earth’s beauty and bounty; Create a robust, healthy food system; Increase opportunities for outdoor activity; Reduce environmental health hazards; and Build stronger communities.  Only 501(c)3 organizations (or groups with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor) are eligible to apply.

Deadline: 1st of February, June, and October
Organization: Clif Bar Family Foundation

Frontier Farm Credit Working Here Fund

Grants for projects and organizations making an impact in eastern Kansas.* Awards are designed to impact Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, Hunger and Nutrition and Essential Services/Disaster Relief needs. Two separate funding options are available—one for up to $2,000 and another for up to $10,000. The larger grant is targeted to communities with a population of 5,000 of less.

*Qualifying applications must be for serving programs that benefit communities within the Frontier Farm Credit service area of eastern Kansas. Those counties that meet the Frontier Farm Credit criteria AND are located within the NCRPC service area include the counties of Clay, Dickinson, Marshall, and Washington.

Deadline: Quarterly review for applications up to $2,000; Semiannual review for applications up to $10,000.
Organization: Frontier Farm Credit

Kansas Alliance for Wellness – Supporting Food and Farm Councils Initiative

The Kansas Alliance for Wellness, a project of the American Heart Association, will provide funds to existing, publicly-appointed or publicly-supported Food and Farm Councils (FFCs) to support planning for, or implementation of, local policy strategies that would increase the access to and consumption of healthy foods and beverages. Food and Farm Councils are eligible to apply for up to $10,000 for a County Food and Farm Council and $20,000 for a Regional Food and Farm Council.

Deadline: Check website for application deadlines.
Organization: Kansas Alliance for Wellness

KidsGardening – Youth Garden Grant

Youth Garden Grant supports school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. The program is open to any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: KidsGardening

North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

Grant programs for projects that support research or educational projects related to Sustainable Agriculture. Several different grants and grant amounts are available based on the specific project proposal. Grant applicants can range from farmers and ranchers to educational institutions to non-profit agencies.

Deadline: Check website for application deadlines.
Organization: North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

USDA Food and Nutrition Service – Farm to School Grant Program

The Farm to School Grant Program provides support to incorporate local products into school meal programs, integrate agricultural education into the classroom, and cultivate and expand school gardens. School districts, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers, and non-profit organizations are eligible.

Deadline: Annually, generally in December
Organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service