Find Funding

Non-Profit and Foundation Funding

Two good places to start your search are:

Candid 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 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.

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

FDO: Search by Phrase (YouTube video; 2:00)
FDO: Advanced Search & Filters (YouTube video; 7:24)
FDO: Navigating Search Results (YouTube video; 5:55)
FDO: Field Definitions (.pdf)
• FDO: Grantmaker Profile (YouTube video; 6:16)

 List of Michigan-based foundations -

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's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (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

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) -

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:


Commodity Group Funding