The Fruit Guys Community Fund:

“Grants in amounts ranging from $2,000-$5,000 will be awarded every Spring. Projects to be considered should help farms and/or orchards operate more sustainably, both environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach.”

 

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program:

“The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as ‘fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).’”

Value Added Producer Grant:

“The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products.”

Farmer Grants from Northeast Sustainable Agriculture and Education (SARE):

“Farmer Grants are for commercial producers who have an innovative idea they want to test using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.”

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants

“Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.”

Agricultural Grants and Funding Programs from the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Resources:

Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

OREI is administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and is a competitive research program that funds research, education, and extension projects to enhance the ability of organic producers and processors to grow and market high quality organic agricultural products.

More grant opportunities for Massachusetts farmers: