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ISDA Grants

All applications for ISDA grants must be accompanied by a W-9 and Direct Deposit Authorization form.
IRS W-9 Form 
Direct Deposit Authorization Form  

Livestock Promotion and Market Development Grants

Effective October 1, 2014, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for two livestock grants to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. Applications are due by December 1, 2014.

New this year, the former youth livestock grant will be combined with the livestock promotion grant. Special consideration will be given to organizations applying for the livestock promotion grant for youth programs and events. In addition to youth programs and events, other project proposals that will be accepted for livestock promotion grant funding include shows, sales, exhibitions, educational programs, conventions and similar events or projects.

The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution.

Both the livestock promotion and market development grants will reimburse up to 50 percent of the amount spent to conduct or support the projects, programs and events outlined in each of the grants. Please include a budget with your application. An example budget is provided as a guide and is included below the grant applications above.

The grants are open to non-profit organizations, commissions and associations with 501(c) status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervidae, bison, aquaculture and rabbits.

All grant applications should be sent electronically to Kimmi Devaney at Award winners will be announced February 16, 2015.

Livestock Promotion Grant Application
Livestock Market Development Application
Livestock Grant Budget
Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Organic cost share programs reimburse individual organic operators up to 75 percent of their 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014) certification costs up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. Operations must possess current USDA organic certification to be eligible to receive reimbursements. This means operations must either have successfully received their initial USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent, or must have incurred expenses related to the renewal of their USDA organic certification from a USDA-accredited certifying agent between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Operations with suspended or revoked certifications are ineligible for reimbursement.

All applications must be received by October 15, 2014.  Please send all applications to Beth Dawson at

Program guidelines, required information and application

Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Specialty Crop Block Grant is for Hoosiers involved in specialty crops. This is part of the nearly $66 million in federal money being spread out nationwide for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).  Grants can be used solely to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops pertaining to the following issues affecting the specialty crop industry: increasing child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption of specialty crops; improving efficiency and reducing costs of distribution systems; assisting all entities in the specialty crop distribution chain in developing “Good Agricultural Practices,” “Good Handling Practices,” “Good Manufacturing Practices,” and in cost-share arrangements for funding audits of such systems for small farmers, packers and processors; investing in specialty crop research, including research to focus on conservation and environmental outcomes; enhancing food safety; developing new and improved seed varieties and specialty crops; pest and disease control through biotechnology; and development of organic and sustainable production practices.  Please note that funds can not be used for any capital expenditures such as buildings, land, equipment (tangible personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost which equals or exceeds $5000), fringe benefits, grant administrative or indirect costs. 

The FFY 2014 application period is now closed. Applications are currently in the review process. Final notice of selection is anticipated to be sent out in July 2014. The 2015 application period is expected to begin in January 2015.

Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Guidance
Specialty Crop Block Grant Application  

Federal Grants and Foundation Funding Conservation

ADM Cares
No Submission Date

The Archer Daniels Midland-ADM Cares program supports safe, responsible, and environmentally sound agricultural practices in critical growing regions in North America, South America, West Africa, and Southeast Asia. The program provides grant support in the following focus areas: health and safety programs for farm workers and children who live on farms, responsible use of agricultural chemicals, sustainable farming practices, and rehabilitation and preservation of environmentally sensitive lands. Online applications may be submitted at any time. Learn more

Norcross Wildlife Foundation, Inc.
No Submission Dates:

Average grant award is around $5,000 and funds can be used for computer and office technology of all kinds, specialized software to drive GIS mapping, GPS ground-truthing equipment, water-quality testing equipment, work tools and equipment including vehicles and boats, and educational materials.  Learn more

Surdna Foundation Grants
No Submission Dates

Grants for non-profit organizations for environmental projects. Learn more

Captain Planet Foundation
Due: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31 annually

Funds can be used by non-profit organizations to promote understanding of environmental issues by focusing on hands-on involvement.  Involvement of children and young adults 6-18 (elementary through high school) is required. Learn more 


Grant Application

Pet Care Trust: Pets in the Classroom Grants Program
The goal of the Pets in the Classroom Grants Program, an initiative of the Pet Care Trust, is to establish healthy child-pet relationships at an early age by supporting responsible pet care in grammar and middle school classrooms across the country. These grants are intended to provide a means of teaching children to bond with and care for their pets. K-6 teachers in public and private schools can apply for grants or coupons in the amounts of $50, $100, or $150 for the purchase of new pets and pet environments, as well as food and supplies for existing classroom pets. Requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the Pets in the Classroom website to review the funding guidelines and submit an online application. Learn More

CHS Foundation-Mini grants for College Ag. Clubs
No Submission deadline

Grants of up to $1,000 to innovative leadership and professional development programs with an agriculture focus.  Examples include leadership training opportunities, mentorship programs, professional development experiences, and student fundraising efforts.  The applicant must be a campus-sanctioned club/organization and have an ag related focus. Learn more

Pioneer-Corporate Giving Grant Program
No Submission deadline
Learn more

Pioneer Community Investment Grant

Non-profit based organizations are eligible to apply for projects that focus on Agriculture, Farm Safety and Science Education.  Applications are accepted on an on going basis. Learn More  

Grant Information

Any organization that wishes to apply for a federal grant must have certain information ready for the registration process. You first need to check with your Grant Administrator or Chief Financial Officer since your organization may already have a DUNS Number and be registered with CCR.  The Data Universal Number System (DUNS) Number is a unique identifier for your organization required by the federal government to track how federal grant money is distributed. DUNS Numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet. If your organization does not already have a DUNS Number you can apply for one free of charge. Learn more

Central Contractor Registration (CCR) is the primary registrant database for the federal government. Any organization seeking federal grants on is required to register. Learn more

To ensure the electronic submission of your grant applications is secure, you will need to complete an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) profile and create a username and password.  To complete an AOR profile and create a username and password click here.

Helpful Websites For Grant Seekers

Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance
The Catalog (CFDA), issued annually and updated continuously on the Web, describes some 1600 federal grants and non financial assistance programs. Grantseekers can identify programs that might support their projects and can learn the program's objectives, requirements, application procedures and contacts. Learn more

Community Foundations in the State of Indiana
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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy(Department of Energy)
Grants are EERE's primary funding vehicle for businesses, industries, universities and others. Most EERE grants are awarded on merit on a competitive basis. Learn more
Federal website that allows eligible grant seekers to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. The website guides grantseekers in obtaining a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number and registering at to apply and to track applications. Learn more

The Foundation Center
Gateway to information about private funding sources, the grant seeking process, guidelines on writing a grant proposal, addresses of state libraries with grants reference collections, and links to other useful Internet websites. The Center maintains a comprehensive database on foundations; produces print and electronic directories and guides; conducts research and publishes studies in the field; and offers a variety of training and educational seminars. Learn more