Grants & Loans For Higher Education

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Lau Maiʻa Scholarship

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This program supports culturally-grounded tech makers and problem solvers in pursuit of their post-secondary academic goals. In the same way that lau maiʻa were used as lāʻau lapaʻau to encase the body and offer an extra layer of healing and protection, the $2,500 Lau Maiʻa Scholarship can help ease the burden of tuition and empower students to stand tall in their growth.

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4/30/22

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Foundational and Applied Science Program

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This program supports six priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: plant health and production, and plant products; animal health and production, and animal products; food safety, nutrition, and health; bioenergy, natural resources, and environment; agriculture systems and technology; and agriculture economics and rural communities.

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12/31/22

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)

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HDOA will support projects that could provide the highest measurable benefits or return-on-investment to the specialty crop segment in Hawaii. To be eligible for a grant, projects must enhance the competitiveness of Hawaii-grown specialty crops in either the domestic or foreign markets. Preference will be given to projects that measurably increase the production and/or consumption of specialty crops, foster the development of fledging crops and organic operations for Hawaii specialty crop farmers.

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3/30/22

Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program

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This program seeks to strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food and agriculture sciences and promote connections between secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agriculture sciences. Public secondary schools, public or private nonprofit junior and community colleges, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations may apply.

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4/6/22

Western IPM Center Planning Grant

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This grant provides up to $15,000 of funding to develop or update crop profiles, pest management strategic plans, integrated pest management strategic plans, evaluations or other planning and evaluation documents. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis and up to $75,000 of funding is available in 2020-2021.

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Food Sovereignty Tours Scholarship Program

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Food Sovereignty Tours offers $50-$600 scholarships to individuals based on need, interest and available funds to provide educational travel opportunities to people from diverse backgrounds and income levels. The goal of the program is to allow recipients build alliances and learn new innovations and strategies from people around the world working to build food justice and food sovereignty.

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Herb Society of America Research Grant

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This $5,000 grant provides funding for the research of horticultural, scientific and/or social uses of herbs throughout history. Students, professionals, or individuals may apply. Eligible expenses include compensation for investigators, professional and technical assistance, and research supplies and materials. Click here to view previously funded projects.

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Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program

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Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations (MDOs) to:
•Help microenterprises startup and growth through a Rural Microloan Revolving Fund.
•Provide training and technical assistance to microloan borrowers and micro entrepreneurs.
Funds can be used for:
•Working capital
•Debt refinancing
•Purchasing equipment and supplies
•Improving real estate

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Biodynamic Scholarship Fund

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The Biodynamic Scholarship Fund serves farmers, aspiring farmers, and those interested in learning and developing skills in biodynamics but lack the financial resources to participate in educational opportunities. By providing scholarships to individuals to attend the North American Biodynamic Conference and other events organized by the Biodynamic Association as well as biodynamic workshops or coursework at participating education centers in North America, the Biodynamic Association is making education more accessible for all.

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Women and Minorities in STEM

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This program supports research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. It addresses educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight the development of workforce in the food and agricultural sciences.

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3/31/22

Sea Pact

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Sea Pact aims to advance sustainable fisheries and responsible aquaculture practices through funding projects in four focus areas: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative, Domestic Aquaculture Advocacy, Aquaculture Education, and the responsible joint Sea Pact seafood sourcing policy. Sea Pact accepts LOI year-round.

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Organic Transitions Program

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The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) supports the development and implementation of research, Extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.

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4/21/22

American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment to Benefit Underserved Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Landowners

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This program will provide, at a minimum, a $25 million investment of American Rescue Plan funds, with awards normally ranging from $500,000 to $3.5 million for a five-year cooperative agreement. There is no anticipated overall maximum funding level. Applications are encouraged from partnerships and collaborations that are led by domestic nonprofit organizations and accredited public and nonprofit institutions of higher education with specialized expertise and a proven track record in working with underserved agricultural producers and/or the specific content for technical assistance.

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6/1/22

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP)

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FSMIP aims to explore new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the U.S. agricultural marketing system. FSMIP funds a wide range of applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of U.S. food and agricultural products domestically and internationally.

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4/26/22

Higher Education Multicultural Scholars

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This program provides scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the food and agricultural science disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees for historically underrepresented and underserved groups.

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3/23/22

AASONA Agricultural Research Awards

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This program provides twenty $5000 awards to Native Hawaiian students in 2-year and 4-year institutions pursuing a bachelors or graduate degree. The goal of this program is to help Native students with financial need conduct research in an agricultural related area. Proposals will be ranked on their potential to contribute to Native Hawaiian communities in farming and ranching. Applicants must be a current American Indian Science and Engineering Society member at the time of application (AISES membership is free for all students)! Applications will be accepted and rewarded on a rolling basis until funds are no longer available.

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Western IPM Center Student Fellowship Scholarships

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This program provides student fellowship scholarships of up to $1,000 to fund professional development opportunities for future integrated pest management professionals such as costs associated with internships or registration. Applications will be accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Approximately $20,000 of funding will be available in 2020-2021.

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Sabbatical Research & Education

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Western SARE Sabbatical Grants provide an opportunity for faculty around the world to partner with farmers, ranchers, agricultural professionals, and researchers of the Western U.S. region for conducting research, education, and Extension activities. Projects focused on unexplored topics in underserved communities and understudied geographic locations are of special interest.

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Rural Micro-entrepreneur Assistance Program

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RMAP provides loans and grants to Microenterprise Development Organizations to help micro enterprises start and grow through training and technical assistance and a rural micro loan revolving fund. Nonprofits and institutes of higher education are eligible to become a MDO.

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Nestle Foundation Research Grants

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The Nestle Foundation supports a variety of research. Their training and small research grant program supports smaller research projects; their pilot grant supports high potential pilot research; and their large research grant supports bigger research projects. Interested scientists should submit a letter of intent describing their project and estimated budget, and will be invited to submit a full proposal should their project align with the Foundation’s funding strategy. LOI are accepted year-round while full grant applications should be submitted by January 10th for funding in May and by May 10th for funding in October.

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Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research Grants

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This program deploys urgent funding to support research and outreach in response to emerging or unanticipated threats to the nation’s food supply or agricultural systems. FFAR makes rapid grants through ROAR for research related to response, prevention or mitigation of new pests and pathogens. ROAR’s one-year funding fills urgent research gaps until traditional, longer-term funding can be secured.

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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Sustainable Agricultural Systems

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Applications must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach for projects are expected to significantly improve the supply of affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible agricultural products, while fostering economic development and rural prosperity in America.

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7/28/22

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grant Program

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This program supports jobs accelerator partnerships to improve the ability of distressed rural and energy communities to create high wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, and help rural communities identify and maximize local assets. Grant funds may be used to pay for costs directly related to the purchase or construction of an innovation center located in a rural area; operations of an innovation center including purchase of equipment, office supplies, and administrative costs including salaries directly related to the project; support programs to be carried out at or in direct partnership with job accelerators; reasonable and customary travel expenses directly related to job accelerators and at rates in compliance with 2 CFR 200.474; utilities, operating expenses of the innovation center and job accelerator programs and associated programs; and administrative costs of the grantee not exceeding 10% of the grant amount for the duration of the project.

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4/19/22

Vet Fellows Program

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This program provides stipend support for up to 15 students per year to perform research including but not limited to the following topics: agricultural economics; nutritional security and food access; environmental sustainability of agriculture; advanced technologies; zoonotic diseases and pandemic prevention; and antimicrobial stewardship.

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3/30/22

NOAA Broad Agency Announcement

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This program provides funding for extramural research, innovative projects and sponsorships that address NOAA’s goals of climate adaptation, a weather-ready nation, healthy oceans, and resilient coastal communities and economies. Special projects and programs associated with NOAA’s strategic plan and mission and goals are welcome to apply.

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9/30/23

Emergent Fund

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The Emergent Fund supports strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. They look to fund projects that support community development through long-term economic or social justice.

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Egg-Tech Prize

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This program provides funding towards technology projects that determine a chick’s sex before it hatches to prevent male chick culling.

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EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

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There are two programs that applicants can receive funding from under the EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program:
1) The EDA’s Public Works program, which helps distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities to promote economic development and regional prosperity.
2) The EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance program accepts applications for projects in rural and urban areas that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects.

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National FFA Scholarships

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The National FFA Foundation supports multiple scholarships to students pursuing higher education and career goals. Click here to find out more.

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Bayer Hawaii Internship Opportunities

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College students interested in a future career in agriculture may apply for an internship opportunity to learn about how Bayer works and how science is shaping the future of agriculture. Interns must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and pursuing a degree in agriculture business or another agriculture-related major.

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Western IPM Center Special Issues Grant

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This Center offers special issues grants up to $5,000 for time-sensitive one-year integrated pest management projects that cannot wait until the next regular grant cycle.

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