Support and Funding Sources

Two Men Discuss Sustainability Issues

Competitive grants programs that provide research funds to scientists, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers and students are available from a variety of government agencies and non-profit organizations. Find funding opportunities, grant-writing tips and related technical support here.



A twenty dollar bill growing in the soil. [Source: IStock International, Inc.] Applying for a SARE Grant?

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Applying for a SARE Grant?
SARE-grant applicants can locate contacts, grant-writing guides, and on-farm research information.


corn with corn husks made of twenty dollar bills. [Source: IStock Intl, Inc.] Where Can I Find Agricultural Funding Resources?

USDA. NAL. Alternative Farming Systems Information Center.

Describes programs and resource guides that serve as starting points for identifying funding opportunities.


Information from Other Sources

Funding Opportunities

A database of many types of funding programs and sources focused on sustainable and alternative agricultural practices and research. Browse the list or search by keyword.


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

USDA. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Operates a competitive nationwide research and education grants program and conducts outreach to facilitate improved sustainable farming practices. Produces books, bulletins and other information products for farmers, ranchers and agricultural educators.


NIFA Funding Opportunities

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Provides information on available or anticipated competitive grants or cooperative agreements across agriculture.


OFRF Grantmaking and Research

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Administers competitive grants program to fund on-farm organic research and dissemination of the research results.


Farm Bill Programs and Grants

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Basic information about status, administration and use of a wide range of programs and policies related to sustainable agriculture, especially in reference to the 2008 Farm Bill.


A Guide to Funding Resources

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

This full-text publication provides a variety of information that link to helpful web sites and non-electronic publication citations that assist in identifying funding programs.