Organic Funding Opportunities Now Open for Applications

Two grantmaking programs that fund organic work are now open for proposals.

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is accepting research proposals.

OFRF is currently accepting research proposals from applicants residing in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. In particular, OFRF encourages farmers, ranchers, graduate students, early career researchers, veterans, and Extension personnel to consider applying for funding. The deadline for proposals is December 10, 2016. OFRF will notify applicants about funding decisions in early spring 2017.

OFRF offers funding for research on organic farming and food systems and the dissemination of these research results to organic farmers and the greater agricultural and research communities. Proposals must involve farmers or ranchers in project design and implementation and must take place on certified organic land, ideally on working organic farms or ranches. Project proposals will be reviewed and awarded by the OFRF Board of Directors, most of whom are certified organic producers.

Based on the OFRF report 2016 National Organic Research Agenda, this year’s priority areas for research projects are:

  • Small grain production, especially related to creating a diverse rotational system
  • Soil health
  • Social science research, including understanding challenges and providing solutions for new organic farmers and ranchers and producers transitioning to organic systems
  • Animal production, especially breeding for organic systems, disease management, and pasture management

Visit the OFRF website for more information on how to apply.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is accepting concept proposals.

The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is now accepting concept proposals through November 15, 2016. This program funds projects for the sole purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of California specialty crops. Specialty crops are fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture). In 2016, $22.3 million in grants were awarded.

Visit the grant website for additional information on how to apply.

Please note that applications for Technical Review Committee members, who review and rank the proposals, are also being accepted through November 18. This is a unique opportunity to help make decisions about how grant funds are disbursed to enhance the competitiveness of California’s specialty crop sector.

Sources: Press Release by OFRF; Press Releases by California Dept. of Food and Agriculture