Find Funding

Non-Profit and Foundation Funding

The two main resources for you to go to include:

The Foundation Center is a national nonprofit service organization recognized as the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, and their online database should be your first stop in searching for funding. For MSU employees, if you are on campus, it will automatically allow you to connect. If you are an off-campus MSU employee, it will ask your for your NET ID and password. 

The video below cuts to the heart of how to do a search through their Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Professional database.



Below are some additional training videos on how to use the Foundation Directory Online (FDO):

• FDO: Homepage (Zoom video)
FDO: How to Search (Zoom video)
• FDO: Results Page – Grantmakers (Zoom video)
• FDO: Results Page – Grants, Grant Detail, Recipients, 990s (Zoom video)
• FDO: Grantmaker Profile (Zoom video)

Federal Funding

The central website for federal grant funding is United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has major funding areas in food security, climate variability and change, water, sustainable bioenergy, childhood obesity protection, and food safety. Check out

USDA NIFA has the following sources:

  • Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
  • Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
    USDA Rural Development -

Selected other Federal grant-making agencies:


State of Michigan Funding

MDARD Grant Programs:
  • Value Added & Regional Food Systems Grants
  • Rural Development Fund Grants
  • Specialty Crop Block Grants
  • Food Safety Education Fund Grants
  • Strategic Growth Initiative Grants
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
  • Smart Zone Program
  • Other community projects


Selected Other State Grant-Making Agencies: