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Name of FundingDate Estimated DueFunderStatusWebsiteWhat does it fund?Notes
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Local Foods, Local PlacesOctober 22, 2019EPA Interested in this for next yearhttps://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/local-foods-local-placesDoesn't provide funding per se, but technical and professional assistance for meetings, visionning, evaluation, planning processes
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Foundational ProgramSummer 2018USDA NIFA AFRIInterested in this for next year
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Value Added/Food SystemsWill release RFP 3/18/19; due 5/8/19MDARDInterested in this for next yearhttps://www.michigan.gov/mdard/0,4610,7-125-1570_51684_78393---,00.htmlMichigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides grants to establish, retain, expand, attract or develop value added agricultural processing in Michigan, or that expand or develop regional food systems or access the healthy food.This is one of the key grants that was identified in the planning process. Work with Brad too to develop the grant application as he was told in 2017 that his solar application was the best example of a grant application that MDARD has ever seen.
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Keepseagle Fast-Track GrantsApplied in October 2018First Nations Development InstituteNot funded :( https://www.firstnations.org/Farmer capacity building; applied for food sovereignty assessment funds
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WK Kellogg FoundationAnytimeWK Kellogg Foundationmust be invited to apply :(https://www.wkkf.org/grantseekersThe organization has/is funding a number of food systems councils across the nation. We just need to figure out how to get ourselves invited to apply for funding. They also funded the creation of the food sovereignty assessment tool from First Nations
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Community Health ImpactConcept due: November 28 and Application due: January 17 2019Michigan Health Endowment FundFUNDEDhttps://www.mihealthfund.org/grantmaking/community-health-impact/funds healthy food access - $100k over two yearsFrom Community Garden to Community Gardening Initiative
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Recycling Infrastructure GrantMarch 1, 2019EGLExploring options for a composting program...?RFP: https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/deq-wmrpd-FINAL_DRAFT_2019_Recycling_Infrastructure_Grant_RFP_638552_7.pdf up to 100k - must include 25% cash match: The following budget items are eligible under the Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program. This list is not exhaustive.
• Collection and/or processing equipment such as trucks, containers (i.e., residential, food waste, electronic waste, public space, public drop-off sites), bins, balers, grinders, conveyors, etc.
• New or improved structure costs such as new buildings or building improvements, new site development or improvements such as a concrete slab or paving, excluding the purchase of real property.
I'm interested in writing a program for compost collection in Houghton County. While it doesn't cover the whole Western U.P., the other counties could come later. Bio-fuel plant development is very popular here in the WUP and the waste products are intended to be composted. However without that capacity, a bio fuels plant becomes less feasible. I would like to plan a small community composting program that could be easily set up in other towns, to pick up compost from households once a week and then sell the resulting soil at cost in the Spring/Summer for revenue/recooperating costs. This results in diverting a waste stream from the landfill, local soil generation, utilizing yard waste, and educational opportunities.
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Agriculture and Natural Resource GrantApril 2019The Americana Foundationrolling invitation for proposals. The next deadline for acceptance is 4/19http://www.americanafoundation.org/guidelines.asp"Americana supports educational, advocacy, and community development programs that address the growth and development of American agriculture, community food programs, and natural resource conservation in rural and urban landscapes in Michigan." Definitely something to look into next year for funding part or all of the community food assessments. the application seems very involved at first glanse.
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Community Health Matching Grant1/4/19; 4/5/19; 8/2/19Blue Cross Blue Shield MichiganOpen/Ongoinghttps://www.bcbsm.com/foundation/grant-programs/community-health-matching.htmlThis program supports nonprofit community organizations that develop, implement and evaluate new approaches to health care issues.

The award offers up to $25,000 per year for two years.
Seems like a great funding source for a Prescription for Health Program; must provide a 10-30% match
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Various School Funding optionsVariousWhole Kids Foundationshttps://www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/Grants for schools with a focus on gardens, bee keeping, salad bar grants, and healthy teacher workshopsThe Council should absolutely be seeking these grants for our communities!
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NSF Smart & Connected CommunitiesAugust 6 LOI, SEpt 6 Full ProposalNational Science Foundationhttps://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505364Can apply for big research grants or smalle r($150K) planning grantsPast project funded foodshed research: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1737573&HistoricalAwards=false
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Farmers Market Promotion Grant Program
June 18, 2019USDAOpenhttps://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmppUSDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. The program offers two types of projects: Capacity Building and Community Development Training and Technical Assistance. Both have a three-year performance period.
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Healthy Coast Grant OpportunityJune 17, 2019MI Dept of Env. Great Lakes, and EnergyOpenhttps://www.michigan.gov/documents/ogl/FINAL_CHHC_2020_Grants_Funding_Opportunity_652021_7.pdfThe Coastal Program provides grant funds to assist in supporting coastal healthy habitat, waters, and communities through the protection and restoration of sensitive coastal resources and biologically diverse ecosystems while improving connections to the coast for public use and enjoyment.
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EPA’s Healthy Communities Grant ProgramMay 28, 2019EPA Ongoinghttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=EPA-R1-HC-2019The Healthy Communities Grant Program is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1’s (EPA New England) main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to support EPA’s "Back-to- Basics" agenda to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life.
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Environmental Research and Education Foundation Research GrantJune 1, 2019Environmental Research & Education FoundationOngoinghttps://erefdn.org/research-grants-projects/how-to-apply-for-grant/The program supports research projects related to sustainable solid waste management practices, including waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuel, chemical, or other useful products; strategies to promote diversion to higher & better uses (organic diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistic, etc.); and landfilling.
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CLIF Small Grants Programthree times a year: February 1, June 1, and October 1Cliff Bar Family FoundationOngoinghttp://clifbarfamilyfoundation.org/Grants-Programs/Small-GrantsThese grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects
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The Sparkplug FoundationFall 2019 deadlines will be posted June 3, 2019The Sparkplug Foundationongoingttps://sparkplugfoundation.org/content/how-applyThe Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. We aim to support the development of emerging democratic movements and communities working on issues of local democracy, justice, and sustainable energy in the rebuilding of the U.S. and global economies.
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USDA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant ProgramJune 6, 2019USDAOpenhttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=USDA-NIFA-FSMA-006770The Food Safety Outreach Program will build upon that national infrastructure, with a sustained focus on delivery of customized training to members of the target audiences. Awardees will develop and implement food safety training, education, extension, outreach and technical assistance projects that address the needs of owners and operators of small to mid-sized farms, beginning farmers, socially-disadvantaged farmers, small processors, or small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers.
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Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive ProgramJune 10, 2019USDAOpenhttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=EPA-OLEM-OBLR-19-01USDA’s NIFA program offers support for projects that will increase the purchase of fruit and vegetables among low-income consumers who participate in the SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase
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Farmers Advocating for Organic GrantsJune 15, 2019, September 15, 2019Organic ValleyOpenhttps://www.organicvalley.coop/power-of-we/farmers-advocating-organics/By combining resources, Organic Valley farmers are able to invest in projects that affect the livelihoods of organic farmers across the country. Grants are awarded to research, education, and advocacy projects focused on protecting and promoting organic in ways aligned with strategic priorities identified by the program. One-time grants are awarded in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. A Letter of Inquiry is required; if the LOI is approved, an organization will be invited to submit a full application.
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‘Energize the Environment’ Grant ProgramJune 30 for the Fall grant, October 30 for the Spring GrantQuadratec CaresOpenhttps://www.quadratec.com/page/quadratec-cares-grant-programQuadratec will award a single Energize the Environment grant of $3,500 to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community. Projects could include trail building or a restoration project, a park beautification event, a litter prevention initiative, an earth study mission, a sustainable land management activity, a community environmental educational project, or a youth educational engagement event.
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Voices for Healthy Kids GrantGrants open June 2019, deadline July 2019Voices for Healthy KidsSOONhttps://voicesforhealthykids.org/grant-opportunities/The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Voices for Healthy Kids is focusing efforts in schools, community, and out-of-school time/early care and education.
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Grassroots Organizing for Social Change ProgramTwo Cycles – one opens Feb. 5 (deadline April 15), the other August 2nd (deadline October 15)Ben & Jerry’s FoundationSOONhttp://benjerryfoundation.org/the-grassroots-organizing-for-social-change-programOne-year grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Grants can be used to support both programming or operational costs.
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Education and Workforce DevelopmentAugust 22, 2019USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiativesoonhttps://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006769The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2019, EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand new program for agricultural workforce training.
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Greenworks! GrantsSeptember 30, 2019Project Learning Treesoonhttps://www.plt.org/resources/greenworks-grants/PLT is accepting applications from schools & nonprofit organizations for environmental service-learning projects through its GreenWorks! grants program. The program is designed to help students make their schools more green & healthy by, for example, implementing recycling programs, conserving water & energy, improving air quality, or establishing school gardens and outdoor classrooms while integrating such projects and activities into the curriculum.
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