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ISDA Grants

Beginning in 2020 all grant applications received by ISDA must be submitted utilizing the online grants management portal. If you have questions about the portal or need assistance to create an account, please submit a request here.

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

Indiana Grown Food Council Development Grant Program

Status: Open: Applications are being accepted until February 4th.

By providing funds to established food councils, Indiana Grown can assist these regional food systems with goals they would not have otherwise obtained. Applicants must demonstrate how the award will enhance the value of agriculture in their region as well as grow the market opportunities of the farmers and producers they serve.

Applications should also indicate how the proposed project aligns with the three major goals of Indiana Grown:

  1. Helping Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products.
  2. Supporting Indiana processors in their effort to process more Indiana Grown products.
  3. Educating consumers on the importance of buying Indiana Grown products.

Awards will go to the applications that are approved at a max award amount of $25,000 with $100,000 of total grant funds available.

  • Click here for full program guidance
  • Click here for the Food Council Development Program resource guide.

Indiana Meat Processing Expansion & Development Grant Program

Status: Closed 

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture has been awarded $4 million in federal CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding for the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion and Development Grant Program. This funding opportunity was created to offset the impact of COVID 19 on local and small meat-processing agribusinesses.

Projects should aim to improve food supply resilience through increasing slaughter, expanding meat processing capacity and/or promoting worker safety. The program as administered will reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses, with a maximum award of $150,000. Following federal guidance, grants would only reimburse eligible costs incurred from March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020.

This funding opportunity is available for existing businesses with fewer than 500 employees and at least one federal or BOAH-regulated livestock processing or slaughter facility located in Indiana. Grantees must demonstrate how they were negatively impacted by COVID 19 and how they will use this funding.

  • Click here to view the list of awardees
  • Click here for the full program guidance
  • Click here for the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion & Development Grant Program Quick Start Guide

Grant applicant data (last updated 10.22.20 - application window has closed)

Applications submitted60
Total amount requested$6,810,732
Projects Funded41
Total Amount Funded$4,000,000

For more information about funded projects, please see the press release.

Specialty Crop Block Grant

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

The purpose of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as “fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).

For guidance on the grant program, please reference the above documents or contact Andrew Carty at AnCarty@isda.IN.gov or 317-232-8831 or Leah Harmon at lharmon2@isda.in.gov or 317-607-4127.

Specialty Crop Multi-state Grant Program

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-AMS-TM-SCMP-G-19-0005
CFDA: 10.170 -- Specialty Crop Block Grant Program - Farm Bill

Funded by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service, the Specialty Crop Multi-State Grant Program works to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops by funding collaborative, multi-state projects that address the following regional or national level specialty crop issues: food safety, plant pests and disease, research, crop-specific projects addressing common issues, plant pests, and marketing and promotion.

Projects must be completed within 3 years, and to ensure collaboration, must include at least two partners, located in different states, with substantive involvement in the project. Awards will be a minimum of $250,000 to a maximum of $1,000,000.

ISDA will post the Request for Application announcement in the coming weeks. For guidance on the grant program, please reference the following documents or contact Andrew Carty at AnCarty@isda.IN.gov or 317-232-8831 or Leah Harmon at lharmon2@isda.in.gov or 317.607.4127.

Clean Water Indiana Grants

Status: Closed (Applications are no longer being accepted at this time)

The Clean Water Indiana (CWI) Program was established to provide financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups. The financial assistance supports the implementation of conservation practices which will reduce nonpoint sources of water pollution through education, technical assistance, training, and cost sharing programs. The CWI fund is administered by the Division of Soil Conservation under the direction of the State Soil Conservation Board. Learn more.

Federal Grants and Foundation Funding Conservation

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

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

Miscellaneous Grants

CHS Foundation-Mini grants for College Ag. Clubs

No submission dates: 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 agriculture-related focus. Learn more

Pioneer-Corporate Giving Grant Program

For more than 85 years, DuPont Pioneer has been working to improve the lives of farm families and rural communities. As the first company to research, develop and sell hybrid seed corn in 1926, our focus was helping farmers increase productivity of corn to support their families, invest in their farms and build stronger rural communities. Many things have changed in eight decades, but our focus is still the same: helping farmers be more productive while supporting the communities in which our employees and customers live and work. Our Pioneer Giving program works to improve food security by advancing agriculture through science, education, and innovation. We are also committed to enhancing the quality of life for farmers and their communities globally. Eligible community organizations include local schools, public charities and 501c3 organizations. 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 Grants.gov 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.

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. Grant seekers 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

Find community foundations in your area using an interactive map. Learn more

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

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


Grants.gov is a federal website that allows eligible grant seekers to find and apply for current competitive grant opportunities from ALL federal agencies. The website guides grant seekers in obtaining a DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number and registering at Grants.gov to apply and to track applications. Grant seekers can view all eligibility requirements on suggested  funding opportunities and related documents by searching the CFDA number in on the website.
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