NC Cooperative Extension

Grants — Potential Funding Sources for Agriculture

Potential Funding Sources for Agriculture


Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund

The goal of the Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund is to keep farmers in farming and maintain the economic base of North Carolina’s rural communities. The Reinvestment Fund aims to assist farmers and rural communities to develop new sources of agricultural income through provision of cost-share grants. The Reinvestment Fund will make two types of demonstration awards: Producer Grant Awards of up to $10,000 for individuals and Community Grant Awards of up to $30,000 for collaborative farmer projects. Application deadline is November 11, 2009.

Grant Guidelines
Application for Producer Grants
Application forCommunity Grants

NFMC Mini-Grants

The National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety is now accepting call for proposals for Special Project and Pilot Study funds for 2008. The purpose of this “mini-grant” program is to support small-scale projects and pilot studies that address prevention of childhood agricultural disease and injury See the attached files for the call for proposals and the PI contact information form. For further information, please contact:

National Farm Medicine Center
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
1000 North Oak Avenue
Marshfield WI 54449-5790
Toll Free: 1-800-662-6900

Call for Proposals (MS Word document)
Contact Info Form (MS Word document)


Marine Debris Grants

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program, grants will support educational programs and projects that prevent, remove or study manmade debris in marine environments. Cooperation with fishing industry, marinas, and ports is encouraged. Open to companies, nonprofits, higher education institutions, government agencies.

Website: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation



FishAmerica Foundation

Organizations such as sporting clubs, civic associations, conservation groups and state agencies can apply for one-year grants that directly improve fishing habitats, populations or water quality. The average grant amount is $7,500.

Website: FishAmerica Foundation



The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
Funding Opportunities

Visit the The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service Funding Opportunities website.



Organic Research Grants

Organic Farming Research Foundation offers funding for organic farming research, dissemination of research results to farmers and consumers. Proposals $3,000 – $5,000. Deadline in July. To receive information write: Grants Program, Organic Farming Research Foundation, Post Office Box 440, Santa Cruz, California 95061, phone: (408) 426-6606.

Website: Organic Farming Research Foundation


Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton Directory, published by the Organic Trade Association (OTA), $15. Features 200 businesses and extensive market data. A collaborative project of the Pesticide Action Network and OTA’s Organic Fiber Council. Contact: OTA’s Organic Fiber Council, Nathan Boone, (530) 750-2265; Fax: (530) 756-3122;or contact Linda Lutz, (413) 774-7511; Fax: (413) 774-6432.

Website: Organic Trade Association (OTA)



Federal Resources Guide

Guide to USDA and Other Federal Resources for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Enterprises, 160 pages, USDA SARE program, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, Forest Service and USDA’s Resource Conservation and Development program. The Guide gives basic information about more than 70 federal programs helpful to farmers, small entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations, rural communities and others in sustainable agriculture. For free copies, contact Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA) at (800) 3456-9140.

Website: ATTRA


Organic Directory

1998 National Organic Directory, produced by Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), $44.95. Includes farmers of organic commodities nationwide, U.S. and international food wholesalers, farm suppliers, updated federal and state organic laws, businesses serving the organic industry, certification groups, cross-referenced organic commodities (buyers/sellers). Contact: CAFF, Post Office Box 363, Davis, California 95617; (800) 852- 3832 or (530) 756-8518 ext. 17. Add $6 shipping/handling.


RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International)

Tobacco Communities Reinvestment Fund supports for on-farm and community demonstration projects which can supplement tobacco and reduce dependence on tobacco income through production, marketing, and processing of other farm products (at the present time only available to the following counties–Columbus, Edgecombe, Harnett, Johnston, Pitt, Wake, Wayne.) Unsure of future funding to award grants.


SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education)

Deadline usually in January, focus on research, marketing and education projects in the area of sustainable agriculture. Phone: (770) 412-4787 (John C. Mayne), Southern SARE Program.

Website: Southern Region SARE



NC Division of Water Quality (Section 319 Clean Water Act Grants)

For nonpoint source water quality related projects.

Website: Nonpoint Source Management Program :: Section 319 NPS Grant Program

New University Extension Grants Program

Aimed at encouraging faculty and students to become more involved in extension efforts which address the needs of North Carolina citizens, communities, schools, businesses, industries, and governments. Funds will be potentially awarded in three categories: 1) campus and field faculty seed grants; 2) student project grants; and 3) grants to assist multi-disciplinary groups of faculty in developing and writing grant proposals. 919-515-9340; deadline is in October.



NC Division of Coastal Management

Has grant funding that will support the creation of a database of existing wetland creation and restoration sites in the 20 coastal counties. The database will include acreage, the year planted, habitat type, owner, number of years of success, and a GPS location for each site. This will only include sites that have been restored or created, not potential sites. In addition seagrass restoration sites will be included. Contact Division of Coastal Management.

The 20 coastal counties are Bertie, Beaufort, Brunswick, Camdem, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow,Pamplico, Pasquotank,Pender, Perquimans,Terrell, Washington

Website: 2006-07 Funding Information Package for Public Access Grants


The Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

Focus on recovery of organic residuals. Projects that will be eligible for grant funding are those that reduce the flow of organic residuals to waste disposal facilities and those that stimulate market demand for recycled organic residuals. Maximum of $25,000 per project, with a 10% matching requirement of the applicant. Deadline in March 31, 2006.

Information: Community Recycling Grants



The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)

For fundamental environmental research. Other information is available at the RAMS web site.

Matching Keywords :

    Biological Sciences
    Economics of the Environment
    Environmental Biology
    Environmental Studies
    Global Change
    Pollution Control
    Water Pollution
    Water Resources, Environmental Impacts



The Division of Pollution Prevention & Environmental Assistance (DPPEA), of NC-DENR,

Solid Waste Reduction Assistance Grants
Eligible entities are counties, municipalities, COG’s, solid waste authorities, and non-profit agencies.
Deadline is in March or April. Specific activities DPPEA will fund:

  1. Material Expansions (which help improve program efficiency)
  2. Backyard Composting Programs
  3. Pay-As-You-Throw Programs
  4. Commercial Waste Reduction
  5. Education (to revitalize local programs)
  6. Swap Shops

Contact Jim Hickman, DPPEA, at 919-715-6528
Jim Hickman



The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources and the Nebraska Water Resources Center

Matching grants to support research on non-point source water pollution and water use. Deadline April. Check out the Water Resources Research Institute for more information.



EPA Wetland Program Development Grants

15 million; deadline – varies

Website: EPA Wetland Grant Guidelines



USDA Agricultural Research

Amount varies; deadline – varies

Information: USDA Website


Wildlife Service Wetland Grants

1 million; deadline varies

Information: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service



Arthur Vining Davis Foundation (Environment)



NSF Informal Science Education Grants



DOI-North American Wetlands Conversation Council Grant.

Contact: North American Wetlands Conservation Council Coordinator at(703)358-1784.
Website: Division of Bird Habitat Conservation U.S. Standard NAWCA Grants: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service



NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)



Horticulture Research Institute

HRI supports research through annual, competitive grant awards to deserving scientists and members of the nursery and landscape industry. The Institute has funded over $2.5 million in research grants.

Website: American Nursery & Landscape Association


Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension.

National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program ;agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences. To support research grants in the following areas:

  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health
  • Animals
  • Biology and Management of Pests and Beneficial Organisms
  • Plants
  • Markets, Trade, and Rural Development
  • Enhancing Value and Use of Agricultural and Forest Products
  • Agricultural Systems Research

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: USDA/CSREES/NRI, 1400 Independence Ave. SW,Stop 2241, Washington, DC 20250-2241. Phone: (202) 720-7441.



The Home Depot

Grants in areas having the most environmental impact. Focus efforts on forestry, green building, recycling, ecology, and lead poisoning prevention.

Website/ Information: The Home Depot CommUnity Impact Grants

Organic Wastes Recycling Grant Round

The purpose of these grants is to reduce the flow of organic wastes to disposal facilities to help North Carolina achieve its 40 percent solid waste reduction goal. Viable methods to reduce that flow include source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and increasing demand for recycled organic materials.  Both public and private (profit and nonprofit) sector applicants are eligible for funding. For more information about these grants, contact Brian Rosa, (919) 715-6524, e-mail



Construction and Demolition Debris Grant

Open to both public and private (profit and non-profit) sector applicants; federal agencies are not eligible. Maximum awards range from $15,000 to $50,000 depending on category and requires a 20% cash match. For more information, please contact Scott Mouw, DPPEA Community and Business Assistance section chief, at (919) 715-6512/6500 or



Pay-as-you-throw and climate change grants

For communities interested in converting to pay-as-you-throw (PAYT).
The maximum financial award is $10,000 per community, call 919-715-6528.

Website: Pay as You Throw (PAYT)


Organics Composting and Recycling

The purpose of these grants is to reduce the flow of organic wastes to disposal facilities to help North Carolina achieve its 40 percent solid waste reduction goal. Viable methods to reduce that flow include source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and increasing demand for recycled organic materials.  Both public and private (profit and nonprofit) sector applicants are eligible for funding. For more information about these grants, contact Brian Rosa, (919) 715-6524, e-mail


Local Government Buy Recyled

Information: Local Government Technical Assistance Group


Solid Waste Reduction Assistance Grants

The N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance administers the Solid Waste Management Trust Fund, which is used to make grants in support of waste reduction efforts. DPPEA makes grants available in two categories of eligibility: 1) recycling businesses and 2) community waste reduction and recycling programs Requests for Proposals  for both categories will be available in February and will be due in March or April, 2006. The RFPs will provide further detail on funding priorities, individual grant amounts, required match and the grant application process.

Information: Local Government Assistance (NC)



NOAA Sea Grant

Through research, education and outreach programs, North Carolina Sea Grant works with individuals, groups, government agencies and businesses to develop an understanding of the state’s coastal environment and promote the sustainable use of marine resources.

Information: Sea Grant of NC


NAPCOR, the National Association for PET Container Resources

The trade association for the manufacturers of PET plastic resins and containers, and suppliers to the PET industry in the United States and Canada, is requesting proposals for its 2000 grant cycle.
Eastern Regional Director (includes all of NC)
Sandi Childs 828/236-9006



The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Second Edition

The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

Website: Catalog of Federal Funding Sources


Interagency Announcement of Opportunity for Grants in Environmental Statistics

EPA and NSF each anticipate awarding approximately $1 million ($2 million total for the 2 agencies) for Environmental Statistics, with a projected award range form $60,000 to $150,000 per award per year, and an appropriate duration of 2 to 3 years


STAR Fellowships

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmentally related fields of study for FY2006.


Website: Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program

State and Tribal Environmental Justice Grants Program

States and tribes play a crucial role in the implementation of our nation’s environmental laws and regulations. EPA’s enforcement and compliance assurance program forges strong partnerships with states and tribes through cooperative agreements, known as State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG). EPA sponsors three opportunities for states and tribes to apply for funding under the compliance and enforcement STAG program.

Pesticide Container Recycling Grant

From: Pesticide Environmental Trust Fund
How Much: Up to $12,500 per county

Contact: Sharron Stewart or call (919)733-3556
Website: NC Pesticide Container Recycling Program


NOAA Community-based Restoration Program

NOAA’s Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) partners with grassroots organizations to encourage hands-on citizen participation in restoration projects. This participation builds coalitions of interested citizens and fosters long-term stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources. Since 1996, the CRP has funded more than 1000 on-the-ground restoration projects in 27 states, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Website: NOAA Community-based Restoration Program

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Six East 39th Street, 12th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10016
Agriculture, Farmer’s Market, Media, Conservation, Environment
Website: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation

Water Quality Funds

Support for following activities
1. Agent/Specialist training
2. Educational materials
3. Conferences, workshops, demonstrations
4. Distance learning/teaching
5. Curriculum development and implementation

ANR/CRD office, Box 7602 NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695

Agricultural Telecommunications Grants

Preproposals are sought for competitively awarded grants to encourage the development and the use of an agricultural communications network to facilitate and strengthen agricultural extension, resident education and research, and domestic and international marketing of US agricultural commodities and products.
Website: The American Distance Education Consortium


Bank of America Charitable Foundation

“Throughout our history, Bank of America has sought opportunities to touch the communities in which we do business, helping them grow and prosper. We understand the important stake we have in our neighborhoods. We also understand that the success of our business is hinged on the success of these neighborhoods. Through our charitable giving programs, we are able to direct financial and human resources to the places and people we serve. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation is one of the largest Corporate Foundations in the country. In 2004, we announced an unprecedented $1.5B, 10-year goal for philanthropic giving. We are deploying this commitment through a localized strategy called Neighborhood Excellence. At its core, Neighborhood Excellence is about identifying critical issues in local communities and directing resources to address those priorities.”

Information: Bank of America Charitable Foundation


FARM AID grants fall within two broad categories: emergency relief funds that help farm families cope in the short-term; and funds that make it possible for organizations to build long-term solutions to the problems farmers face. Grants are available in the following nine areas: education for farmers on issues like credit and legal rights, as well as endowed scholarship funds for youth; emergency needs; hot lines; land stewardship; legal assistance; outreach to help farmers achieve fair prices and policies; program support and development; self-help; and technical assistance.
Restrictions: FARM AID does not make grants for personal or commercial services, to influence legislation or elections, or to individual farmers.

Website: Farm Aid

DHHS Native American Environmental Impact Grants

Native American tribes and Alaska organizations that have experienced damage to their lands because of Department of Defense activities are eligible for grants to address problems affecting air, water, soil, and human and natural resources.
Requirements: Native American tribes, Alaska Native villages, tribes or associations, and nonprofit Native organizations are eligible.
Amount of Grant range from $100,000-$1 million
Administration for Native Americans, (202)690-5780
Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Ave SW, Rm 348F, Washington, DC 20201-0001

International Paper Company Foundation Grants

International Paper Company is the world’s largest paper and forest products company. It conducts most of its philanthropic activities through its foundation, International Paper Company Foundation, which was incorporated in 1952. From its inception, and continuing today, the Foundation primarily addresses existing and emerging educational needs, as well as short-term, critical civic needs within the communities where International Paper has operating facilities. It also supports those organizations where its employees actively volunteer.

Information: International Paper Company Foundation

DOA Environmental Quality Incentives Program Grants

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

Information: DOA Environmental Quality Incentives Program Grants

Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)

National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2006 supports(1) high priority fundamental and mission-linked research of importance in the biological, environmental, physical, and social sciences relevant to agriculture, food, and the environment and (2) competitively awarded research, extension, and education grants addressing key issues of national and regional importance to agriculture, forestry, and related topics. In FY 2006, CSREES anticipates that approximately $183 million will be available for support of this program. Of this amount, no more than 20 percent will be made available to fund integrated projects. The remaining funds will be used to fund research projects.

Information: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)

America the Beautiful Fund Grants

2005-2006 marks the 40th Anniversary of the America the Beautiful Fund and the 25th year of the Operation Green Plant Program, which has saved more than 800 tons of seeds and 7 million flower bulbs from going to waste in landfills, grown 1.75 billion pounds of food for the hungry, and beautified roadways, parks and neighborhoods in 20,000 communities in all 50 states.

Information: Operation Green Plant

Harry Chapin Foundation Grants

The Foundation will focus its funding program in the following areas:

Community education, programs to identify community needs and mobilize resources to meet them, fostering social and economic justice.Arts in education programs and other approaches to educating young people. To create a healthier and more peaceful world. Agricultural programs that support the preservation of individually-owned farms; support for citizen organizations that promote equitable food production and distribution. Environmental programs that promote a safe and sustainable environment.


Information: Harry Chapin Foundation Grants

Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Grants

CSREES offers three types of funding opportunities: competitive grants, formula-funded grants, and special line-item grants. CSREES’ funding opportunities are considered federal financial assistance. Consequently, all CSREES awards are governed by the appropriate federal and agency-specific regulations (for example, OMB Circulars and the Code of Federal Regulations). Eligibility for any CSREES grant program is determined by the authorizing and annual appropriation legislation. For competitive grants, you can check the “Eligibility” section of the appropriate Request for Applications (RFA) (located in Part III, A). For formula-funded grants and special line-item grants, CSREES notifies eligible grant recipients directly.

Information: Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Grants

Z.Smith Reynolds Foundation Grants

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is a private, general purpose foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life of the people of North Carolina. The Foundation is interested in supporting two particular kinds of organizations or projects through its grantmaking. First, the Foundation desires to support organizations, programs and projects that accomplish progressive policy change and/or systemic reform, especially those that have multi-county or statewide impact. By strategically focusing on efforts to affect policies, the Foundation believes the investments it makes can have a broader and deeper impact on the lives of the largest number of North Carolinians. Second, the Foundation desires to support innovative, community-based projects within the Foundation’s focus areas, with an emphasis on reaching low-resource and/or rural regions in the state.

Information: Z.Smith Reynolds Foundation Grants

Azadoutioun Foundation Grants

The foundation provides general operating and project support for programs and activities in its areas of interest, including adult basic education and literacy, reading, the environment, human services, and international economic development.
Amount of Grant range from $3000-$25,000
Contact: Laurie A. LeBlanc, Azadoutioun Foundation, c/o Gravestar,1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142
Email: Laurie LeBlanc
The application address is: 10 Madison Ave. Groveland, MA 01834

American Honda Foundation Grants

The American Honda Foundation provides grants in the fields of youth education and scientific education to the following: Educational institutions, K-12; accredited higher education institutions (colleges and universities); community colleges and vocational or trade schools; scholarship and fellowship programs at selected colleges and/or universities or through selected non-profit organizations; other scientific and education-related, non-profit, tax-exempt organizations; gifted student programs; media concerning youth education and/or scientific education; private, non-profit scientific and/or youth education projects; other non-profit, tax-exempt, institutions in the fields of youth education and scientific education; and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques.

Information: The American Honda Foundation

The Local Initiative Funding Partners Program (LIFPP)

OVERVIEW: The Local Initiative Funding Partners Program (LIFPP) is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community- based projects that focus on underserved and at-risk populations.

Information: Local Initiative Funding Partners

Pioneer Hi-Bred Community Grants

Projects that receive priority consideration are within the Company focus areas of:

  • Education
  • Farm Safety and Rural Health
  • Local Community Initiative
  • Located in Pioneer Hi-Bred facility communities or rural agricultural regions
  • Involve organizations with active Pioneer Hi-Bred management/employee participation
  • Company-related expertise and interest

For more info: Pioneer Hi-Bred Grant Guidelines

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

The mission of the foundation is to promote the well-being and betterment of humankind by assisting people in the US Southeast to build communities that nurture people, spur enterprise, bridge differences, foster fairness, and promote civility. Grants will be made in three program area: organizational development, community problem solving, and grassroot leadership development.

Information: Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Progress Energy Grant Programs

The Progress Energy Foundation partners with nonprofits in Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina to improve the lives of our customers. Programs funded by foundation grants are typically larger in scope and impact than corporate grants, serving multiple regions or the entire state. Grants are limited to organizations that serve Progress Energy customers in Florida, North Carolina or South Carolina. Foundation grants are a minimum of $10,000 and target specific issues within education, economic development and the environment – the “Three E’s.”

Information: Prgress Energy Grant Programs

Dupont Corporate Contributions Program Grants

Each year, DuPont contributes to numerous efforts that meet the needs of various groups and global communities where the company operates. Areas of support include:

  • Educational programs;
  • Culture & the arts;
  • Environmental initiatives;
  • Human & health service organizations; and
  • Civic & community activities.

Information: Dupont Corporate Contributions Program Grants

Foundation for the Carolina Grants

Foundation For The Carolinas is a nonprofit community foundation that manages and invests charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and other nonprofit organizations. The Foundation is a nonprofit charitable entity and incurs general operating expenses. Specialized service teams of financial and philanthropic experts work to meet our clients’ diverse needs through three Centers For Giving. In each Center, several distinct service levels are available based on average annual gift fund balance.

Information: Foundation for the Carolina Grants

Fund for Southern Communities Grants

The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC or The Fund) provides the financial resource to help move groups from thought to action. FSC supports small community groups working for environmental justice, anti-racism, women’s rights, youth development, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, civil rights and disability rights and other varied issues that address social change through community organizing. Grantees not only benefit from financial support, but they are also given technical assistance. FSC is unusual in that it awards grants to community organizations that are working to address the systems and structures that cause community problems. Often traditional charities and private foundations overlook these organizations because their projects are considered too new, the organization too small, or their objectives are too controversial. The Fund is willing to make grants to these groups and organizations because we believe that communities working on their own behalf are powerful forces for change.

Information: Fund for Southern Communities Grants

Fund of the Four Directions Grants

The fund makes grants to nonprofits that help Native Americans preserve their human rights, improve their socioeconomic status, prevent erosion of their land base, and open opportunities for advancement.

Amount of Grant: Typically $5000-$10,000
Contact: Codirector, (212) 768-1430
Sponsor: Fund of the Four Directions, 8 W 40th St, Ste 1610, New York, NY 10018

North Carolina Arts Council Presenting Artists in Schools/Communities Grants

Through a citizen board appointed by the Governor, the North Carolina Arts Council serves as the steward of state and federal funds appropriated for the arts. Our grants activate partnerships between artists, arts organizations, and communities that benefit every county in the state. More than 1,300 grants are awarded each year to ensure that artists and arts organizations continue to produce rich and diverse arts experiences for the state’s citizens and visitors.

Information: North Carolina Arts Council Presenting Artists in Schools/Communities Grants

Pew Charitable Trusts Grants

The Pew Charitable Trusts serves the public interest by providing information, advancing policy solutions and supporting civic life. The Trusts will invest $204 million in fiscal year 2006 to provide organizations and citizens with fact-based research and practical solutions for challenging issues.

Information: Pew Charitable Trusts Grants

The Water Environment Research Foundation

WERF helps its subscribers improve the water environment and protect human health by providing sound, reliable science and innovative, effective, cost-saving technologies for improved management of our water resources. With the support of our subscribers and funding from the federal government, WERF is able to lead the way in conducting timely, relevant research at a fraction of what it would cost each of our subscribers to conduct the same research independently.

Information: The Water Environment Research Foundation

Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

Organics Recycling Waste Grants – The purpose of these grants is to reduce the flow of organic wastes to disposal facilities to help North Carolina achieve its 40 percent solid waste reduction goal. Viable methods to reduce that flow include source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and increasing demand for recycled organic materials.  Both public and private (profit and nonprofit) sector applicants are eligible for funding. For more information about these grants, contact Brian Rosa, (919) 715-6524, e-mail

Information for this document was provided by Cathy Graham, Area Specialized Agent, Resource Development
Revised 10/2011

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