Grants

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP)
2022 Application Period Open

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is pleased to announce a competitive solicitation process to award around $375,000 in Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds for projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture, nursery crops, floriculture including Christmas trees, cut flowers, honey, hops, and turf grass production…” (Click here for full press release.)

The RIDEM/Division of Agriculture is pleased to announce the availability of Farm Viability grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the Competitiveness of Specialty Crops grown in Rhode Island.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications are due March 31st, 2022.
DEM anticipates grant announcements will be made in early fall.

Grant-related questions should be directed by email to DEM.SpecialtyCrop@dem.ri.gov or by telephone at (401) 537-8093.


Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). 

Are you a producer or handler of agricultural commodities that are certified organic? Or, are you transitioning your operation to certified organic? You may be eligible for financial assistance to cover expenses paid during the 2020, 2021, and 2022 fiscal years through USDA’s Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

This is a new program under USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative that will provide financial assistance to producers or handlers of agricultural commodities that are certified organic, and those transitioning their operations to organic. You can learn more about the program at farmers.gov/otecp.

Signup for 2020 and 2021 OTECP have now closed.


Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center has several upcoming opportunities available.  For up-to-date information, please visit the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center.


DAIRY FARM INNOVATION GRANT

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders.

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Grants will range from $15,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required.

**Applications for this program will open in October 2022**