Tag Archives: Department of Agriculture

2018 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks innovative grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address strategies in the National Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). The 2018 Request for Proposals is to address the following priority issue in the National Ten Year Action Plan Research Needs: Planting, Inventory, and Analysis for Forest and Environmental Health. Organizations, local governments, tribal agencies, and partnerships are encouraged to submit proposals that will demonstrate the reach, resources,... Read more

USDA Commits $32 Million to Protect Natural Resources Through Joint Chiefs’ Partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a new investment of $32 million to improve the health and resiliency of forest ecosystems where public forests and grasslands connect to privately-owned lands. Through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Forest Service will invest the new funds in fiscal year 2017 to add ten new projects and support 26 partnership projects already underway. Federal, state, and local partners will bring an additional $30... Read more

Local Foods, Local Places

Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. This program aims to support projects that: create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods; boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; and improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations. Applications due November 6. Learn more and apply... Read more

Cool & Connected

Communities interested in using broadband service to revitalize main streets and promote economic development are encouraged to apply for Cool & Connected, a planning program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities. Applications due November 6. Learn more and apply... Read more

Agriculture and Natural Resources Science for Climate Variability and Change Challenge Area

The National Institution of Food and Agriculture, part of the USDA, requests applications for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) to support research to facilitate the adaptation of agroecosystems and natural resource systems to climate variability and the implementation of mitigation strategies. Applications due November 17. Learn more and apply... Read more

The Economics of Local Food Systems

​The United States Department of Agriculture released this toolkit to help communities measure the economic benefits of local food investments, and to guide and enhance the capacity of local organizations to make more deliberate and credible measurements of local and regional economic activity and other ancillary benefits. Learn more... Read more

USDA announces $350 million available to help states, private partners protect and restore grasslands, wetlands, and working lands

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation. The funding is provided through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Native American Tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations that have farmland or grassland protection programs are eligible to partner with NRCS to purchase conservation easements. Learn more and apply... Read more