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Grants to USA Agricultural IHEs for Projects Related to Human Sciences, Food, Natural Resources, and Agriculture

Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Program

GrantWatch ID# 145801
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
CFDA Number: 10.326
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NIFA-NLGCA-009505

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/26/22
Deadline: 12/01/22 5:00 PM EST

Grant Description
Grants to USA non-land grant agricultural IHEs for projects related to human sciences, food, natural resources, and agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. Proposals addressing the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering food and agriculture-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged.

The purpose of this program is to assist NLGCA Institutions in maintaining and expanding their capacity to conduct education, research, outreach/extension and integrated activities relating to agriculture, renewable resources, and other similar disciplines. NLGCA Institutions may use the funds to maintain and expand capacity:

  1. To successfully compete for funds from Federal grants and other sources to carry out educational, research, outreach/extension and integrated activities that address priority concerns of national, regional, state, and local interest
  2. To disseminate information relating to priority concerns to:

a. interested members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities

b. the public

c. any other interested entity

  1. To encourage members of the agriculture, renewable resources, and other relevant communities to participate in priority education, research, outreach/extension and integrated activities by providing matching funds to leverage grant resources
  2. Through:

a. the purchase or other acquisition of equipment and other infrastructure (not including alteration, repair, renovation, or construction of buildings)

b. the professional growth and development of the faculty of the NLGCA Institution

c. the development of graduate assistantships.

Program Priorities. Applications that address the national challenge to increase the number and diversity of students entering food and agriculture-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines are encouraged.

For additional program priorities, see

Project Types. Applicants must propose one of the following project types. Each of the project types include Need Areas. Applications must demonstrate how the chosen project type and Need Area will support the legislatively authorized purpose of this program, listed in Part I, B of this RFA. Projects must address a demonstrated and/or documented issue/problem/challenge of national, regional, state, or local interest within the food and agricultural sciences. This can be undertaken through a variety of mechanisms, approaches, or strategies within the Activity Type.
  • Education
  • Research

For additional details about project types and need areas, see:

Grant Types:

  1. Planning/Conference;
  2. Regular;
  3. Collaborative-Joint;
  4. Collaborative-Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative (LCI)

For details about grant types, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants for the NLGCA must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Applications may only be submitted by a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCAs) certified as such by the NIFA at the time of application. A current list of NLGCA’s certified by NIFA can be found at the NLGCA List Resource webpage: Section 7102 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 removed the opt-in, opt-out language that had previously required Hispanic Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities (HSACU) and McIntire-Stennis Colleges and Universities to relinquish that status if they wanted to pursue NLGCA designation. There are no longer any such limitations. Award recipients may subaward to organizations not eligible to apply to this grants program, providing such organizations are necessary for the conduct of the project. All institutions certified as NLGCA prior to December 21, 2018, must reapply for certification and meet the new criteria for NLGCA certification contained in the Federal Register Notice.

In order for an institution to qualify as a NLGCA, it must be a public college or university offering a baccalaureate or higher degree in the study of agricultural sciences, forestry, or both, which is any of the 32 specified Areas of Study: Agricultural and domestic animal services; Agricultural and extension education services; Agricultural and food products processing; Agricultural business and management; Agricultural communication or agricultural journalism; Agricultural economics; Agricultural engineering; Agricultural mechanization; Agricultural production operations; Agricultural public services; Agriculture; Animal sciences; Applied horticulture or horticulture operations; Aquaculture; Equestrian/Equine Studies; Floriculture or floristry operations and management; Food science; Forest sciences and biology; Forestry; Greenhouse operations and management; International agriculture; Natural resource economics; Natural resources management and policy; Natural resources or conservation; Ornamental horticulture; Plant nursery operations and management; Plant sciences; Range science and management; Soil sciences; Turf and turfgrass management; Urban forestry; and Wood science and wood products or pulp or paper technology. If you are not sure if you are eligible to request NLGCA designation, please consult the NLGCA Eligibility Flow Chart:

Pre-Proposal Conference
A technical assistance webinar related to this FY 2023 funding opportunity will take place on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central Time. Please register in advance for this meeting using this link:

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M. EST, December 1, 2022

Application for FY2022 is limited to the following applications types: New applications and resubmitted applications.

NLGCA applicants may submit (as the lead applicant) any number of applications in response to this RFA; however, your institution will be limited to a maximum of two grant awards as the lead (applicant) institution. Your institution may participate in any number of NLGCA-funded projects as a partner institution in any given year. However, a Project Director is limited to one funded project, for which they are the lead Project Director in the FY competition.

New Users to must register early with prior to submitting an application.

To apply for this grant program, the institution must be Certified as a Non-land Grant College of Agriculture. Please review the NLGCA Eligibility Flowchart ( and corresponding Request for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture Designation (

Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) List:

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For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the link above.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Anticipated number of Awards: 2 per Institution

Estimated Size of Grant
Average individual award range:
1. Planning Conference up to $30,000;
2. Regular $150,000;
3. Collaborative – Joint $300,000;
4. Collaborative – Large-scale Comprehensive Initiative (LCI) $750,000

Term of Contract
Grant Duration:
- Planning/Conference: 24-36 months
- Regular: 24-36 months
- Collaborative-Joint: 36 months
- Collaborative-large-scale Comprehensive Initiative (LCI): 36 months

Contact Information
Michelle Schelske-Santos
National Program Leader
Division of Community and Education
(757) 378-8380

Donaven McLaurin
Program Specialist
Division of Community and Education
(601) 577-5672

Administrative Contact
Awards Management Division (AMD)

For administrative questions related to;
1., see Part IV of this RFA
2. Other RFA or application questions, please email
3. Awards under this RFA, please email

U.S. Postal Mailing Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 419205, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-6205

Courier/Package Delivery Address:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
2312 East Bannister Road, MS 10000
Kansas City, MO 64141-3061

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