Regional Food Systems Partnership Grants and On Farm Conservation Innovation Grants in the Latest News from the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC)
$ 15 Million Now Available to Support Regional Food Economy Development Projects Through Refional Food Systems Partnership Grants
On May 5, 2021 USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of $ 15.3 million in funding for the second ever Request for Applications (RFA) for the Regional Food Systems Partnership Grants (RFSP) Program. RFSP is a new program that supports foodshed-level approaches to developing regional food economies. The $ 15.3 million available in this RFA, includes $ 5 million in mandatory farm bill funding and another $ 10 million that was provided by Congress through the emergency appropriations bill in the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020.
The deadline to apply for the RFSP program is before 11:59 pm Eastern Time on July 6, 2021 and all applications must be submitted through grants.gov.
$ 25 Million Available for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Grants
On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced the availability of $ 25 million in funding to advance the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation practices on agricultural lands. The funding is for on-farm trials, a sub-program of the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. CIGs are designed to support collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and evaluate their impacts. Participating farmers and ranchers receive payments to offset the risk and investments for testing out new conservation approaches.
The deadline to apply for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials is June 21, 2021.