Matching Requirement

The 2018 Farm Bill removed the matching requirements on NIFA competitive grants imposed under the 2014 Farm Bill. Therefore, there are changes to the matching requirements on many competitive grants awarded after December 20, 2018. For programs that existed prior to October 1, 2014, with the removal of the 2014 Farm Bill’s matching requirement, they revert to earlier legislative matching requirements. As a result, some programs have no matching requirement, while others have a 100% match requirement for all grantees, since previously exempted entities are no longer exempt, that cannot be waived by NIFA.

Here are current matching requirements by competitive grant program. These requirements apply only to new awards. For additional information on past matching requirements, see the table at Current and Past Matching Requirements.

 
Table of NIFA Federal Assistance Matching Requirements for Competitive Grant Programs
NIFA Federal Assistance Program Matching Requirement as of 12-21-18
1890 Capacity Building -Teaching & Research No match required
1890 Facilities Grant Program No match required
1890's Scholarship Program No match required
1994 Institutions (Extension Work) No match required
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) EQUIPMENT GRANT REQUIREMENT: The amount of an equipment grant may not exceed 50 percent of the cost, unless a waiver is granted in accordance with (9)(A)(ii)
OTHER AFRI GRANTS REQUIREMENT: 100% match if the grant is for applied research that is commodity-specific and not of national scope.
Agriculture Risk Management Education Program No match required
Alaskan and Hawaiian Native-Serving Institutions No match required
Alfalfa and Forage Research 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
Aquaculture Centers No match required
Aquaculture Research No match required
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program 25% match required, waivable if Secretary determines such a waiver or modification is necessary to effectively reach an underserved area or population
Biomass Research and Development Initiative 20% match required for research and development projects; 50% match required for demonstration or commercial projects.
Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program No match required
Capacity Building for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture No match required
Children, Youth, Families at Risk Program No match required
Community Food Projects Program 100% match required
Critical Agricultural Materials No match required
Crop Protection and Pest Management 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
Enhancing Ag Opportunities for Military Veterans in Ag No match required
Farm Business Management and Benchmarking No match required
Farm Safety and Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification No match required
Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program No match required
Food and Agricultural Defense Initiative (aka Homeland Security) No match required
Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) No match required
Food Safety Outreach Program No match required
Global Change and UVB Monitoring No match required
Grants for Insular Areas Statutory matching provision is discretionary and not administratively applied
Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program 100% match required
Higher Education Challenge Grants No match required, dropped administrative match requirement
Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program No match required
IR-4 Minor Crop Pest Management No match required
Methyl Bromide Transitions Program 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
Multicultural Scholars No match required
National Integrated Water Quality Program 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
National Needs Graduate Fellowships Program No match required
New Beginning for Tribal Students 100% match required
New Technologies for Agriculture Extension No match required
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
Organic Transitions Program 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity
Potato Research No match required
Regional Rural Development Centers No match required
Renewable Resources Extension Act National Focus Funds No match required
Rural Health and Safety No match required
Secondary Education, and 2-Yr Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants No match required, dropped administrative match requirement
Small Business Innovation Research Program No match required
Smith-Lever Special Needs Projects No match required
Specialty Crop Research Initiative 100% match required, NO general provision allowing unrecovered indirects to be used toward match
Sun Grants No match required for grants to Sun Grant Centers or Subcenters
20% match required on grants from a Sun Grant Center or Subcenter.
Supplemental and Alternative Crops No match required
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Sustainable Agriculture Projects) No match required for Chapter 1 OR Chapter 3 awards
Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program No match required
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program No match required
Urban Ag Competitive Grant Program No match required
Veterinary Services Grant Program No match
Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields 100% match required if a grant provides a particular benefit to a specific agricultural commodity