By Kim Hutchinson, Executive Director, VAFMA

Here is short list of resources for Farmers and Farmers Markets to better assist with finding funding.

Funding Calendars and Listings

  • The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service has a calendar for funding opportunities for agricultural-related grants. These range from specialty crop grants, to advertising and marketing grants for small business owners, to funding for training programs.
  • – A system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. You can browse by federal grant category and key words.
  • Philanthropy News Digest organizes RFPs by category, due date, and sometimes location. They publish weekly email newsletters in order to notify subscribers when new funding opportunities arise. PND is a very useful resource for finding national grants.
  • The Center for Non-Profit Excellence publishes three new funding opportunities a month to a large list of grants and funding opportunities.
  • The Foundation Center On-Line Grants Directory – check with your area libraries to see if they have a subscription to this database.


The Farmers Market Coalition shares, and sometimes directly offers farmers market funding opportunities.

Other Funding Links

USDA Farm to School Grant Program 

USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program 

USDA Rural Enterprise Business Grant Program 

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders