Agriculture Funding

The Global GreenGrants Fund makes small grants (typically $500 to $5000) to grassroots groups working toward environmental health, justice and sustainability in developing countries. The organization does not accept grant applications from unsolicited applicants. All applicants must be recommended from one of the organizations advisory boards. A list of advisory boards is available on the website. A list of recently-awarded grants is available is also on the website noted above.
The Inter-American Foundation is an independent agency of the U.S. government that provides grants to non-governmental and community-based organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean for innovative, sustainable and participatory self-help programs. Grants typically range in size between $25,000 and $400,000. The application process is rolling.

Link IconThe Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program brings accomplished mid-level professionals from designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia to the U.S. for a year of study and professional experience. The program encourages a variety of U.S. and foreign partnerships worldwide. Fellows are nominated by U.S. Embassies or Fulbright Commissions, based on their potential for leadership and a demonstrated commitment to public service. Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates with a commitment to public service in both the public and private sectors, specifically in the fields of natural resources and environmental management, public policy analysis and administration, law and human rights, finance and banking, economic development, agricultural development/economics, and others. Financial provisions include travel, tuition, monthly maintenance, books and funding for professional activities. Duration is one academic year.
The Conservation, Food and Health Foundation assists in the conservation of natural resources, the production and distribution of food and the improvement and promotion of health in the developing world. The foundation supports projects that demonstrate strong local leadership, promote professional development in the conservation, agricultural, and health sciences, develop the capacity of local organizations, and address a particular problem in the field. It prefers to support projects addressing under-funded issues and geographic areas. Concept papers may be submitted at any time, but must be received by January 1 and July 1. If concept proposals are accepted, the deadline for full proposals March 1st and September 1st, grants are awarded by the directors on a semi-annual basis

The New England Biolabs Foundation’s funding priorities are targeted to environmental issues with special program interests in: 1) Marine conservation; 2) Estuary protection; 3) Sustainable economic development; 4) Sustainable organic agriculture; and 5) Environmental education for teachers or elementary school students. The Foundation also has a special interest in communicating the message through art and culture. Grants range in size from $500 to $10,000 with the average grant size of $7,000. Grants are available for organizations in Latin American, but the foundation specifies certain countries and specific areas of interest for several countries.

This is a directory of funding opportunities (grants, fellowships and exchanges) for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens compiled by the U.S. Foreign Agriculture Service. Each listing provides a brief summary of the funding opportunity, describing the field/purpose of study, eligibility requirements, financial provisions, duration, number of awards, application deadlines and contacts within the organization.

The Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF) brings together funds and partners to work in economic development. CDF administers a number of funds dedicated to various aspects of cooperative economic development. Each fund is governed by its own Board of Trustees, and has its own unique focus. There is no general requirements application for the CDF, but rather each fund has its own requirements of eligibility. However, all applications must be for cooperative projects or they will receive no funding.

The Kellogg Foundation targets its grants toward specific focal points or areas. These include: health; food systems and rural development; youth and education; and philanthropy and voluntarism. When woven throughout these areas, funding also is provided for: leadership; information technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and social and economic community development programming. Applications are ongoing and there is no minimum/maximum amount offered. The Kellogg Foundation has a special interest in the United States, Latin American and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa. There must also be a sustainability of the project; where the grantee, community, and/or beneficiary of the Kellogg grant must demonstrate the potential to continue the funded work in a self-renewing manner after Kellogg Foundation funding ceases.

The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants of up to $10,580 in the areas of agriculture, aviation/aerospace, conservation of natural resources, education, exploration, health, and waste minimization and management. Proposed program grants must meet a “balance” of technological innovation and the preservation of the human/natural resources. Applications face two review boards, a balance review and technical review board. These are to establish the balance and programs ability to solve the stated problem. Applications are due by the second Thursday of June in the year prior to the proposed project start date.

The Lambi Fund of Haiti’s mission is to assist the popular, democratic movement in Haiti. Its goal is to help strengthen civil society as a necessary foundation of democracy and development. The fund channels financial and other resources to community-based organizations that promote the social and economic empowerment of the Haitian people. The Lambi Fund is currently supporting 24 projects, concentrating on the following Program Initiatives: 1) Sustainable Development; 2Community Micro-credit; 3) Environment; 4) Organizational and Leadership Training; and 5)Grassroots Democracy.

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund promotes social change that contributes to a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Through its grantmaking, the Fund supports efforts to expand knowledge, clarify values and critical choices, nurture creative expression, and shape public policy. The Fund’s programs are intended to develop leaders, strengthen institutions, engage citizens, build community, and foster partnerships that include government, business, and civil society. Respect for cultural diversity and ecological integrity pervades the Fund’s activities. In 2007, the Fund approved 348 grants totaling $29,404,570. The average grant was for $88,274 over an eighteen month period. Within the site there is an eligibility quiz to help determine if a proposed project is compatible with the Fund’s funding priorities.\

Link IconThe Alcoa Foundation offers grants in the areas of health, conservation and sustainability, global education and workplace skills, and business and community partnerships. Priority is given to projects in areas near Alcoa plants and factories, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, andVenezuela. Unsolicited proposals are discouraged. Concept papers must be submitted first to an Alco grant contractor for receive greatest consideration for funding.

The MacArthur Foundation provides grants to organizations working largely on environmental education, biological research, and organizational development. The central goal of the MacArthur Foundation’s grantmaking in the Insular Caribbean is to strengthen conditions for sustained conservation of biodiversity. The Foundation will support work toward two strategic goals: 1) Conserving priority landscapes; and 2) Building and strengthening conservation capacity of local, national, and regional organizations.

Patagonia awards environmental grants to grassroots organizations with an action-oriented plan, and who are often overlook by other donors. Grants support a wide range of protection and rehabilitation efforts in the countries where they operate (for the Americas: USA and Chile) in order to support innovative environmental protection efforts and involve local groups. Most grants as small grants ranging from $3,000 to $8,000. For information on these grants, follow the link, then click “Company Info” at the bottom of the page, then “Sponsorships” on the new page.

The mission of the Environment program is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The Environment program is organized into three program areas: 1) Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems; 2) International Finance for Sustainability; and 3) Special Initiatives. The median grant size is in the $100,000 range and the majority of the grants are between $15,000 and $250,000 annually.

The primary focus of the Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation is the conservation of natural resources in North America and the Caribbean Basin with emphasis on the United States. Major program areas are; 1) Marine resource conservation and management with a particular interest in fisheries; 2) South Florida Ecosystems; 3) Alabamaenvironmental issues; 4) DC Metro area environmental issues; and 5) Population and environment initiatives with a focus on U.S. immigration issues. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $80,000: average grant size is $15,000 to $25,000.


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