USDA Allocating Over $22 Million Towards Underserved Farmers and Ranchers

Jun 6, 2024 9:18:44 AM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants, Grants

The Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers, also known as the 2501 Program, has recently been released with the goal of enhancing equal access and opportunities for the underserved by encouraging participation in USDA programs related to agriculture and forestry. Under this initiative, the USDA, in partnership with the OPPE, is expected to reward applicants with funding geared towards aiding underserved populations with the ownership and operation of farms and ranches. Funding will also be allocated to projects that aid in the development of underserved youth’s interest in agriculture through education and training.

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The History of Grants: A Multi-Series - Part I - The Money That Built America

Jun 3, 2024 1:28:21 PM / by Cameron Blevins posted in News, Hot Grants, Grants

Since formation, the United States has utilized grants to distribute resources amongst its various states and peoples. From farmers to industrialists, the federal government has pursued a policy of no-strings-attached funding for a variety of projects that serve the national interest. Because of this, grants have taken and will continue to take, many different and unique forms over the years to effectively influence the progression of national goals through for-profit and nonprofit entities. Follow along in this multi-part series, The History of Grants, as we explore some of the most effective and impactful programs that have helped build America, as well as contemporary examples of what we’re doing today to make change happen.

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Reading Grants Effectively: A Guide to Understanding Grant Elements

Jun 3, 2024 1:28:00 PM / by Mari Crocitto posted in News, Hot Grants, Grants

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Grant opportunities allow organizations to elevate their current programs so they can channel connections within their communities to provide assistance to their intended populations. However, searching through the plethora of federal, national and foundational databases to identify Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs), Request for Proposals (RFPs) or Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) can get tiring if you are unsure what to seek out. 

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Healing Invisible Wounds: Grants for PTSD Awareness Month

Jun 3, 2024 1:27:35 PM / by Daniel Cavins posted in News, Hot Grants, Grants

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

June marks the start of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD is a debilitating illness that causes people to repeatedly relive a traumatic event, significantly reducing their quality of life.1,2 Approximately 70% of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, and 20% of these individuals will develop PTSD.3 In total, roughly 13 million people in the United States have PTSD in a given year.3 Raising awareness and understanding of this condition is a crucial first step to improving the lives of those affected.

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5 Facts About USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program

May 7, 2024 12:24:49 PM / by Cameron Blevins posted in News, Grants

5 Facts About USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program

Small business owners in America today face a variety of challenges to successfully run a profitable organization. Inflation, rising transportation costs as well as a constantly shifting labor market are all potential roadblocks owners must navigate in order to maintain strong profit margins. These challenges are particularly relevant for small businesses owners located in rural areas across the country where long supply chains exacerbate issues. In recent years one of the largest costs for many small businesses, especially agricultural producers, has been the energy costs required for operation where rising costs can be catastrophic. 

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5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Grants

Mar 13, 2024 12:40:00 PM / by Kyleigh Rosado posted in News, Grants

Applying for grants can be a rewarding endeavor for organizations seeking funding for their projects. However, there are pitfalls that many applicants fall into, jeopardizing their chances of success. In this guide, we'll explore five common yet critical, mistakes to avoid when navigating the grant application process. 

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