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Grants & Loans For Higher Education

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF), Acres for America

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Acres for America is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) premier land conservation program and was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through voluntary land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Eligibility: non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Tribal governments and organizations, and educational institutions.

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2/29/24

USDA, Forest Service, National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

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The USDA Forest Service seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing programs) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address urban and community forest public awareness and education as it aligns with the goals in the National Ten Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). This year's Grant Program will focus on the following goals: Goal 4 Strategy A: Action 1: Increase the biodiversity, health and resilience of trees in urban and community forests. Goal 5 Strategy A: Support the use of more locally grown, regionally adapted, insect and pest-resistant, and diverse native or site-appropriate species. Action 1: Facilitate funding to promote planting higher quality trees in urban forests with less emphasis on the quantity of trees planted (such as the published International Society of Arboriculture guidelines). Eligibility: City or township governments; Native American tribal organizations; Nonprofits; Private institutions of higher education; Special district governments; State governments; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; County governments; Native American tribal government. With funds starting at $100,000.

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2/29/24

USDA, NIFA, Rural Health, and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

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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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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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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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Forest Service, USDA, Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support

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The Inflation Reduction Act Forest Landowner Support programming provides financial assistance grants for projects that support underserved and small-acreage forest landowner participation in emerging private markets for climate mitigation and forest resilience. Eligibility: Special district governments
Native American tribal organizations and governments; Independent school districts; Nonprofits; County governments; State governments; City or township governments; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Private institutions of higher education; For profit organizations other than small businesses. With funds up to $50,000,000.

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8/21/24

National Endowment for the Humanities, Cultural and Community Resilience

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The Cultural and Community Resilience program supports community-based efforts to mitigate climate change and COVID-19 pandemic impacts, safeguard cultural resources, and foster cultural resilience through identifying, documenting, and/or collecting cultural heritage and community experience. The program prioritizes projects from disadvantaged communities in the United States or its jurisdictions, and NEH encourages applications that employ inclusive methodologies. Eligibility: Private institutions of higher education, Nonprofits, Special district governments, City or township governments, County governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), State governments. With funds up to $150,000.

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5/21/24

Bank of Hawaii, Mclenary Foundation Grants

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McInerny Foundation grants are given to organizations benefiting the people of Hawaii. Program and Project grants are awarded in six major fields: arts and culture, community, education, environment, health and rehabilitation, and human services. The Mcleenary Foundation offers grants for Program support, General operating support, Major capital support, and Tuition aid to Hawai'i nonprofits.

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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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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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USDA, NIFA, Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

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The primary goal of BFRDP, under assistance listing number 10.311, is to help beginning farmers and ranchers in the United States and its territories enter and/or improve their successes in farming, ranching, and management of nonindustrial private forest lands, through support for projects that provide education, outreach, and technical assistance to give beginning farmers and ranchers the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to make informed decisions for their operations and enhance their sustainability. Eligibility: a collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally based network or partnership of qualified public and/or private entities; State Cooperative Extension Services; Federal, State, municipal or tribal agencies; community-based organizations (CBOs); nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); junior and four-year colleges or universities or foundations maintained by a college or university; and private for-profit organizations. With funds starting at $49,999 and up to $750,000.

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4/4/24

NOAA Ocean Acidification Program Education Mini-Grant Program

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NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) Education Mini-Grant Program is a competitively-based initiative that supports coastal and ocean acidification education programs aligned with the goals of the NOAA Ocean Acidification Education Implementation Plan and the 2021-2040 NOAA Education Strategic Plan. The program prioritizes engaging diverse audiences in ocean acidification education and outreach, coordinating communication efforts with existing research, education, and outreach activities, and fostering innovative approaches for community involvement. Eligibility: United States institutions of higher education, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, state, local, and Indian tribal governments, and Federal agencies. The program offers funds starting at $50,000 and goes up to $400,000.

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2/23/24

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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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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