The Summer Solstice Is A Great Time to Apply for Agriculture Grants

The Summer Solstice happens at the same moment for everyone, everywhere on Earth. It marks the first day of summer 2019 for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and in the NH it will be the longest day of the year.. For those who live in the Southern Hemisphere, this is the shortest day of the year and the arrival of winter.

This year Summer Solstice arrives on Friday 21st June.

Due to the tilt of the Earth on it's axis, 23.5 degrees relative to the plane of its orbit, different places on the planet have longer days or shorter days at different times of the year. Each hemisphere experiences half a year tilted toward the sun and the other half tilted away from it. For those tilted towards the sun this half of the year, the June Solstice means we are in the warmest time of the year,

a time of planting, sowing, and harvesting, a time for vacations and travel, a time to be more active, a time for exploring nature, going to festivals, and spending more time with our loved ones. 

Now is a great time to apply for agriculture grants funding as well as farming and agriculture grants furthering future development.  

Urban agriculture grants 

Cities have limited space for gardens and farming. Community gardens have become popular for those wishing to have a plot of land in the city for organic gardens for themselves and their families. 

Grants to New Jersey Individuals and Non-Federal Entities for Conservation Projects on Agricultural Land, Deadline: 07/14/19 

Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to New Jersey non-Federal entities and individuals to promote the development and implementation of creative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Required registrations may take several days to complete. The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: Urban Agriculture, Soil Health, Forest Health, and Hydroponics.

Grants to San Francisco, California Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Property Owners to Track Irrigation, Deadline: Ongoing

Grants of up to $10,000 and additional rebates to San Francisco, California nonprofits, schools, hospitals, local government agencies, groups, neighborhood associations, property owners, developers, and businesses for the installation of a dedicated irrigation water service and meter. 

Sustainable agriculture grants 

In addition to the category of sustainable agriculture, you can find grants under conservation and environmental preservation. 

Grants to USA Farmers, IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits in Northeast States to Promote Sustainable Agriculture, LOI deadline: 6/25/19, Deadline: 10/29/19 

Grants starting at $30,000 to USA farmers, researchers, educators, graduate students, and agricultural service providers in the Northeast region for research to promote sustainable agriculture in the Northeast region. Applicants are required to submit a preproposal prior to applying. The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. 

Applicants must have the institutional capacity and support networks necessary to carry out the project. Northeast SARE welcomes preproposals from a wide range of stakeholders including university and extension staff, agricultural nonprofits, research farm, and experiment station personnel, private consultants, agriculture-related businesses and organizations, government agencies, and others who work in farming and food systems.

Applicants will be notified if they are invited to submit a full proposal on August 12, 2019. Feedback that may be used to strengthen a full proposal will be provided to project leaders with invited preproposals by August 30, 2019. For preproposals not invited to submit full proposals, feedback will be provided to project leaders by the end of September. 

Professional development for farmers 

Grants to USA Farmers, IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits in Northeast States for Training in Sustainable Agriculture

Grants starting at $30,000 to USA farmers, researchers, educators, graduate students, and agricultural service providers in the Northeast region for training in sustainable agriculture practices. Applicants must submit a preproposal prior to applying. The Northeast region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.  

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