1. Small Farm Funding Resources
National Agricultural Library, Rural Information Center.
View a video to this guide.
The Rural Information Center (RIC) has compiled this funding resource from a
variety of private, state, and federal online funding databases. Additional
resources for finding funding for all types of activities in rural areas are available
For more information on their resources and/or hardcopy versions of their directories, contact:
Rural Information Center
10301 Baltimore Ave., Room 123
Beltsville, MD 20705-2351
Toll-free: 1-800-633-7701 (Nationwide)
2. ATTRA - the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
This list features sustainable agriculture-related funding information updated weekly and searchable by date and keyword.
Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development.
Krome, Margaret (MFAI), George Reistad (MFAI), and NSAC's policy staff. In collaboration with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2009, updated October 2014. 86 p.
Available free online or $3.00 for print copies.
"This guide is written for anyone seeking help from federal programs to foster innovative enterprises in agriculture and forestry in the United States. Specifically, the guide addresses program resources in community development; sustainable land management; and value-added and diversified agriculture and forestry. Thus, it can help farmers, entrepreneurs, community developers, conservationists, and many other individuals, as well as private and public organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit."
3. United States Department of Agriculture
- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
- Funding Opportunities
The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program offers five different types of grants for funding of relevant agricultural research projects.
- Building a Sustainable Business: A Guide to Developing a Business Plan for Farms and Rural Businesses
Business planning guide focuses on how real farm families set goals,
research processing alternatives, determine potential markets and evaluate financing options.
- Agricultural Marketing Service
Farmers Market Funding Opportunities
Select 'Find Farmers Market Funding Opportunities' from the I Want To menu.
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
Search for funding opportunities by Emphasis (or topic) and Eligibility to find programs of interest.
4. Types of State Agricultural Finance Programs
National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs.
An overview of the funding programs offered by many state agricultural departments. The Directory of State Programs provides more detail and contacts:
A partnership of Federal Agencies which directs grant seekers to over 1,000 programs offered across 26 Federal grant-making Agencies.
6. Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
Addresses marketing and business planning for U.S. agricultural producers.