Aquaponics has been practiced throughout the world for at least a few thousand years. Its popularity has recently made a resurgence as an environmentally friendly sustainable farming method. Originally, aquaponic systems were most likely established in or near wetlands, marshes and freshwater lakes. Today, DIY aquaponic farmers often utilize upcycled IBC totes or similar containers which provides more opportunity to set up aquaponic systems in backyards, indoor spaces and public gardens. As more individuals, producers and farmers embrace aquaponics, more funding opportunities are becoming available.
The USDA provides numerous grants for funding aquaponics operations through the USDA Sustainable Farming programs. The USDA funds education programs, research endeavors and small business. Beginning farmers, minorities, women, and military veterans may qualify for microloans. Access their detailed guide to grant opportunities here.
Southern SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) offers grant opportunities for individuals, schools, and organizations. The program's emphasis is sustainable farming practices throughout the United States with several different areas of funding available such as, Research and Education Grants, Professional Development Programs, Producer Grants, On-Farm Research Grants, and Graduate Student Grants.
Fundafarmer.org has compiled an excellent list of resources and grant and loan opportunities for farmers, producers and individuals interested in funding their aquaponics projects. They've included tips for successful grant applications, numerous grant opportunities and important dates.
Check out these other resources for additional funding opportunities.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Texas Department of Agriculture
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