NH Food System Job and Grant Board

Learn about employment and grant opportunities from across the New Hampshire food system

Learn about food and agriculture grants and job opportunities in New Hampshire.

Our local food system is full of opportunities to work and fund the work we all do. Below is a monthly updated list of job openings and grant opportunities from across the state. Want to have your job or grant listed? Email us!

JOB OPENINGS

JANUARY

Communications Director at the National Farm to School Network APPLY HERE

Communications Manager at the National Farm to School Network APPLY HERE

RFP: The Community Kitchen seeks proposals from strategic framework consultants or consulting teams to identify and facilitate a strategic framework to guide their future work, specifically as the organization enters a new phase of program expansion with the launch of the Advocacy Program and the development of the Monadnock Mobile Food Pantry. LEARN MORE

Field Specialist, Vegetable and Fruit Production, Hillsborough County at UNH Extension APPLY HERE

Field Specialist, Agricultural Business Management, Rockingham County at UNH Extension APPLY HERE

December

General Manager at NH Community Seafood APPLY HERE

Grant Program Assistant at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of USDA APPLY HERE

Communications Professional at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of USDA APPLY HERE

Farmer Leadership Committee Position Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of USDA APPLY HERE

Events & Communications Coordinator at Vital Communities APPLY HERE

Interim Food & Farm Project Manager at Vital Communities APPLY HERE

Development Director at Vital Communities APPLY HERE

Coordinator for the Coastal Neighbors Technical Assistance Program at NH Sea Grant APPLY HERE

Food Manager at Kroka Expeditions APPLY HERE

Cooking Matters Program Assistant at NH Food Bank APPLY HERE

SNAP Nutrition Incentive Coordinator at NH Food Bank APPLY HERE


GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

JANUARY

Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program
DUE JAN 7

Producers or handlers of agricultural commodities that are certified organic or producers transitioning operations to certified organic may be eligible for financial assistance to cover expenses paid during the 2020, 2021, and 2022 fiscal years through USDA’s Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP). This new program is part of USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

USDA Farm to School Grants
DUE JAN 10

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.) establishes a Farm to School Program in order to assist eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in USDA Food and Nutrition (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). LEARN MORE AND APPLY

Food Animal Concerns Trust's Fund-a-Farmer Grant
DUE JAN 20

FACT awards competitive grants of up to $3,000 to working, independent farmers located in the U.S. who raise beef cattle, bison, broiler chickens, dairy cows, ducks, geese, goats, laying hens, pigs, sheep and/or turkeys. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

National Young Farmers Coalition Young Farmer Grants
DUE JAN 28

The National Young Farmers Coalition is partnering with Chipotle to offer $5,000 grants to 50 young farmers and ranchers to support them in building careers in agriculture. Forty-five awards will go to businesses already in operation, and five to projects starting in 2022. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

FEBRUARY

Cheshire County Conservation District's Conservation Opportunity Fund grant program OPEN! 
DUE FEB 1

The Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) requests proposals from landowners of small tracts, less than 25 acres, who seek funding to make meaningful long-term impact on wildlife habitat and biodiversity. Eligible applicants include private landowners in Cheshire County, NH with tracts of land 25 acres or less. This can include individuals, businesses, farmers, and/or forestland owners. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

USDA Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program
DUE FEB 8

The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides relief payments to frontline farmworkers and meatpacking workers who incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food's Agricultural Mini-Grant Program
DUE FEB 2022

The Agricultural Promotion Mini-Grant Program offers matching grants of up to $1,000 to organizations that wish to conduct a project focused on promoting New Hampshire agriculture. Grant recipients are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. Applications are distributed and awards made as funding allows. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

Various Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) Grants
The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) and its partners offers grants, events, workshops, and educational opportunities to dairy farmers, processors, and service providers. Current grant offerings include: Dairy Business Viability & Technical Assistance Grant, Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant (due Feb 3), Multi-Business Dairy Agritourism Grant (re-opens Feb 2022). LEARN MORE AND APPLY

MARCH

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Environmental Literacy Program: Increasing Community Resilience to Extreme Weather & Climate Change
DUE MAR 17

The goal of this funding opportunity is for communities to have sufficient collective environmental literacy to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity. These communities will be composed of children, youth, and adults who participate in formal and/or informal education experiences that develop their knowledge, skills, and confidence to: 1) reason about the ways that human and natural systems interact globally and locally, including the acknowledgement of disproportionately distributed vulnerabilities; 2) participate in civic processes; and 3) incorporate scientific information, cultural knowledge, and diverse community values. Efforts to build environmental literacy should ultimately aim to reduce risks from current and future environmental hazards through climate-smart and inclusive decision making and long-term stewardship of healthy ecosystems, all the while promoting a low-carbon economy. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

APRIL

USDA Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants
DUE APR 19

The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers grant assistance to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

JUNE

USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program
DUE JUN 21

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities. LEARN MORE AND APPLY

ONGOING

Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Programs
The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to start the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.  LEARN MORE AND APPLY

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service's Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program
RFA TBA

The Farm and Food Worker Relief Grant Program provides approximately $700 million in Consolidated Appropriations Act funds to provide grants to State agencies, Tribal entities, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with experience in providing support or relief services to farmworkers or meatpacking workers. Awards will generally range from $5,000,000 to $50,000,000. Entities receiving awards will then distribute relief payments to frontline farmworkers and meatpacking workers who incurred expenses preparing for, preventing exposure to, and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. LEARN MORE

USDA Farm Bill Conservation Programs
NRCS's conservation programs help agricultural producers and non-industrial private forest landowners reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters. LEARN MORE

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. LEARN MORE``

Community Development Block Grant – CARES (CDBG-CV) Direct Grant Program
Grafton Regional Development Corporation (GRDC) and three partner regional economic development corporations–BelknapCoös, and Wentworth–have received more than $200,000 in CARES Act grant funding for small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. The Community Development Block Grant – CARES Act Funds Program (CDBG-CV), administered by the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), is for low- to moderate-income (LMI) microenterprises and start-ups to offset costs associated with preparing for, responding to, or recovering from COVID-19. Qualifying LMI businesses may receive up to $2,500 in direct grant funding to be applied toward equipment costs, operational expenses, working capital, and minor construction or modification projects. LEARN MORE

GRASSROOTS FUND
The Grassroots Fund has a variety of grant program opportunities available focused on energizing and nurturing long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities. Learn more

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