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If you’ve ever considered the possibility of crowd-funding to support your community garden or urban farm but weren’t sure how to start, the answer is now in your backyard., an environmental nonprofit, has just announced its national expansion after a successful NYC pilot fully funded nearly 2000 community-led parks, garden, biking, hiking, composting and chicken projects across the city. ioby (its name derived from the opposite of NIMBY) intends to connect people to environmental projects in their own neighborhoods. And, in fact, most ioby micro-donors give on average $35, live within 2 miles of the project site they’re supporting and regularly volunteer with the project.

SARE Partnership Grants/Sustainable Community Grants

Deadline: November 13, 2013

Partnership Grants are reserved for agricultural service providers–extension staff, nonprofits, consultants, state departments of agriculture, and others working in the agricultural community–who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, marketing, and other projects with farmers as active cooperators.


2013 Youth Garden Grant Award

Deadline: December 3, 2013

NGA awards Youth Garden Grants to schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. Priority will be given to programs that emphasize one or more of these elements:

  • Integration of content standards,
  • Nutrition connections,
  • Environmental awareness,
  • Entrepreneurship, and
  • Social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning.



SARE Farmer Grants

Deadline: December 2, 2013

The 2013 Project Orange Thumb Online Grant

Deadline: December 15, 2013

We’ll choose 11 recipients from this year’s applicants — 10 will receive $5,000 in cash and tools to help support their goals of neighborhood beautification and horticulture education, and one lucky applicant will receive a complete garden makeover! Apply now and help sow the seeds of community change!

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New Small Grants Program for PC(USA) Congregations Doing Faith-Based Initiatives to Transform the Food System

Deadline: Open

The Presbyterian Hunger Program is encouraged by the emergence of the many faith-based initiatives sprouting up around the country to bring resilience to our food system, and health to people and God’s Creation. These efforts often engage people of all ages, result in greater food security, give people decision-making power over their food, increase healthy eating, create jobs and local economic growth, support local family farmers, use land ecologically, raise awareness about local and global hunger and poverty, and encourage a view of food as sacred and as a right for all people. When done well, such initiatives are wonderful ways to build relationships,community and power. We are eager to support this work as one small way we can help build God’s vision of a New Heaven and New Earth.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Grants are for $100-$1,000 with a total of $20,000 available for the year. Turn-around for approved grants will be less than four weeks.

The Culinary Trust: Chefs move to school

Deadline: Ongoing

The Chefs Move to Schools Grant provides funds for culinary professionals to help our children eat right by teaching them about food, nutrition and cooking. Funds can be used from garden to table: culinary professionals may seek funding for any program that promotes health and wellness in schools. For example, the grant may be used to plant a garden, teach a class, promote or create a wellness program for students or parents or assist in creating a school curriculum that focuses on healthy eating. In order to qualify the grant applicant must have the support of the school principal and, in some cases, additional school personnel.

Awesome Foundation‘s Food Chapter

Deadline: OPEN

The Awesome Foundation‘s Food chapter is now taking applications for its $1,000 microgrants to further food awesomessness in the universe. Apply at Awesome Foundation and submit under “Food” category. Every month, one microgrant will be given for an awesome idea involving food, be it urban farming, food truck, recipe collects, pop-up cafes, or health. The more inventive the better.

Donors Choose

Deadline: OPEN

Public school teachers post classroom project requests and interested individuals sign on as sponsors.

Amount: Sponsor may give any amount to a project.

OCIA Research & Education Micro Grants

Deadline: OPEN

OCIA International (Organic Crop Improvement Association) offers grants in the range of $300 to $1,500 for organic research, organic education, and other ideas supporting organic agriculture. Projects must benefit multiple producers, processors and/or consumers. There may be limitations on the number of grants given within any one region.

Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund

Deadline: OPEN

For: Vermont

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to create the Vermont Farm Disaster Relief Fund (VFDRF), which will assist Vermont farms that sustained damage from Tropical Storm Irene. The relief fund will pool contributions from donors and will make grants directly to farmers affected by the storm. The Community Foundation and Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross will work together, in consultation with local organizations, to distribute the funds, which will be used by farmers to replace infrastructure as well as help cover losses sustained from the storm.

Healthy Living Grants from Cabot Creamery

Deadline: OPEN

Who May Apply: Schools with matching funds seeking to improve kids‘ health through exercise, nutrition and/or information.

Cabot is an enthusiastic supporter of our communities‘ efforts to improve our kids‘ health through exercise, better nutrition and lots of fun knowledge. Cabot created the matching grant process to encourage schools to reach out to their own local businesses, cooperatives, parent clubs and others. Doing this supports sustainability for the initiative, provides awareness about a school‘s new healthy living idea and encourages participation by community members.

Simply Organic 1% Fund

Deadline: Open

The Simply Organic 1% fund supports and promotes the growth of organic and sustainable agriculture. They support research into organic production methods and crop improvement; educating farmers on organic growing techniques, certification standards and documentation; educating the public on the value of organic agriculture; developing projects that help organic farmers to be more efficient, produce better products, and add value to their products. Electronic applications may be submitted.

Open Spaces Sacred Places National Awards Program for Integrated Research and Design Projects

Deadline: Open

The final phase of the Open Spaces Sacred Places National Awards Program for Integrated Research and Design Projects‘ Request for Proposals will be released February 1, 2012. The program was enacted in 2 phases, a Planning Grant Phase, now closed, followed by an open call for proposals. Final Awards will fund significant new sacred public green spaces that demonstrate a combination of high quality design-build and rigorous research about user impacts. The total funding pool available is $4 million. Funding will be provided to cross-disciplinary teams that are able to 1) conceptualize, plan, design and implement an open and sacred green space, 2) conduct associated research study(ies), and 3) communicate scientific findings.

New England Grassroots Environmental Fund Seed Grants

Deadline: Open

Grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders. Project budgets generally less than $10,000 and has not received a Seed grant within one year of the current application.

National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Scholarships Program

Deadline: Open

NRAEF is the leading scholarship provider for the restaurant and foodservice industry and sponsors several awards for educators–$1,750 in foodservice/hospitality who are interested in complementing classroom time with hands-on operational experience or attend a NRAEF Summer Institute; undergrads–$2,500 and up for those who are already enrolled in postsecondary education; and high school seniors–$2,500 and up for those who want to study for jobs in the foodservice industry.


Deadline: Open

Albertsons supports non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations whose primary mission fits the following focus areas:

Hunger Relief – Ending hunger in local communities is core to the charitable mission. They support organizations providing comprehensive hunger relief programming and food distribution.

Health and Nutrition – They fund organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet.

Environmental Stewardship – Albertsons is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainable operations and will support local efforts towards sustainability.