Grant Resources

Grant Search Databases

Grants For Nonprofits/Community Projects

Foundations and Other Funders
State and Federal Grants

Grants For Schools

School Gardens
Farm-to-School
  • Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce: Provides schools funds to spend on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole ingredients used in scratch-cooked recipes.
  • Salad Bars to Schools Grant: Donates salad bars to schools so that every child in the nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • USDA Farm to School Grant: Supports efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Funds are made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds.

Grants For Farmers

State and Federal Grants
Loans
  • FSA Farm Storage Facility Loan Program: Provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities.
  • FSA Guaranteed Farm Loan Program: Helps family farmers and ranchers to obtain loans from USDA-approved commercial lenders at reasonable terms to buy farmland or finance agricultural production.
  • FSA EZ Guarantee Program: Available for smaller loans; provides a simplified Guaranteed Loan application process to help small, new, or underserved family farmers with early financial assistance.
  • FSA Microloans: Finances needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSAs, restaurants, and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic, and vertical growing methods.
  • Illinois Dept. of Treasury Ag Invest Loans: The Illinois Treasury partners with approved financial institutions to provide qualified farmers and agriculture professionals below market rate loans to start, expand, or add value to their farm operations.
  • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP): Provides grants and loans to farmers and businesses for energy efficiency improvements and purchase of wind, solar or other renewable energy systems, and also provides grants to help farmers with energy audits and renewable energy development.
Foundations and Other Funders