The NCRS Easement Program provides financial and technical assistance to support wetland systems and associated uplands. Funds can be used to implement structural, vegetative and/or associated upland restoration practices on eligible land.
The County of Hawaii has received $80M in CARES Act funding. $3,992,000 of this funding has been allocated to purchase local farm produce to distribute food to restaurants for meal preparation and deliver meals to vulnerable populations. The county will release an RFP for financial institutions, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations to apply with the capacity to receive $250,000 to over $2 million in awards. Once the money has been awarded, small businesses and nonprofits which have lost income due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the awarded organizations. Funds must be distributed to the community by December 20, 2020. Individuals and individual businesses cannot apply if seeking to address only their needs. The RFP will become available starting July 12. A webinar on July 13 from 9-10:30 am will provide an overview of the program. Click hereto sign up for the webinar.
The Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant aims to help disadvantaged groups develop the capacity to implement plans and undertake projects to improve economic and social conditions. Grants must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas. Examples of technical assistance are:
Note that the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.
HCRC Emergency Loan Program (HELP) provides short-term bridge loans and term loans between $15,000-$100,000 to non-profits and mission aligned small businesses that are otherwise unable to secure financing but have an immediate need for capital. Funds can be used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, utilities and other operating expenses to allow the organizations to stay open.
Open Road Alliance’s Deep Impact Loans are low-interest, 1-18 month loans up to $250,000 for organizations that deliver vital community services (such as ensuring local food supply chains). If these organizations/businesses closed, the wider community would be harmed.
This program provides up to $250,0000 grants to support research projects and programs that aim to understand the economics of American aquaculture businesses and address gaps in important market information.
Grants and loans available to public agencies and private nonprofit organizations to prevent, prepare, and respond to COVID-19 impacts with emphasis on public health, housing, economic recovery, and the needs of low- and moderate-income persons.
Cooperative agreement funding of $500,000 is available to collect and analyze soil health data from at least 200 sites on Conservation Reserve Program-enrolled land. The goal is to quantify the relationship between soil health and cover and practice management.
Grants are available to support high-impact projects that promote collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes, leverage public and private resources, and produce measurable on-the-ground outcomes. Projects must be located on rural, nonindustrial private forest land and/or rural state or local government land. Nonprofits are welcome to apply but a State Forester (David Smith, email@example.com) must submit or sponsor all applications. There is a matching fund requirement.
The County of Maui OED offers reimbursable grants for programs, project, and events that promote sustainable economic development within Maui County. Projects must directly benefit Maui’s economy. Priority target areas are culture, environment, agriculture, technology, visitor industry, energy, and the arts.
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program
The Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program aims to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. Examples of agricultural-related projects are community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, and greenhouses.
B&I loan guarantees aim to help businesses and employment in rural areas by strengthening the private credit market through federal guarantees on business loans, helping businesses receive loans that they might not be able to qualify for through the USDA FSA or otherwise. Projects that receive loan guarantees must provide employment and improve the economic or environmental climate.
Mosaic offers rapid response grants up to $10,000 to nonprofit grassroots organizations to protect the environment or pursue environmental justice. Funds can be used for tools and technology, training, and related resources. Applicants must have an annual budget below $500,000 and be accountable to local constituents.
America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program
This fund provides $20,000-$200,000 grants to innovative food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to fresh, healthy food in underserved areas. Technical assistance is also available to selected eligible organizations in the early stages of food retail or enterprise project planning. Applicants not selected for the grant program may be selected to apply for or receive technical assistance.
The Rural Cooperative Development Grant offers up to $200,000 to nonprofits and institutions of higher education to develop and operate a Rural Cooperative Development Center. There is a 25% matching fund requirement.
Grants available to increase organizational capacity in nonprofits who provide direct workforce development services to low-income and low-skilled individuals and provide SNAP E&T technical assistance and training. Examples of eligible activities include peer-to-peer learning, curriculum development, webinars and professional development opportunities.
The Healy Foundation offers nonprofits in Hawaii grants up to $50,000 for projects that address the protection of ecosystems, climate change mitigation, reduction of childhood poverty, or youth advocacy and education.
This program aims to improve access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and rural businesses. These loans can be used for projects relating to drinking water, sewers, waste disposal, storm water disposal, etc.
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.
EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs
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.
The Full Calabash Fund supports local farmers, ranchers, and food producers by providing food to community members in need. Community-based nonprofit organizations and community meal preparation services can receive this funding. At least 50% of funds must be used to purchase locally grown, raised, harvested, or value-added products. Funding can also be used to support general operating expenses and indirect costs.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development
The 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. Funding is available for the following purposes:
•professional development opportunities for K-14 educational professionals
•workforce training at community, junior, and technical colleges
•training of undergraduate students in research and extension
•fellowships for predoctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars
The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.
National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund
$5,000-$10,000 grants available to provide relief to schools, early care and education sites, farmers and producers, families, and/or others in the farm-to-school community impacted by COVID-19. Funds can be used to purchase and distribute local food, increase local food access, or provide gardening and local foods educational resources to open ECE sites/home learning environments.