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Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program

This program is specifically to help Kentucky farmers and other agribusiness find, apply, and receive funding through grants and other available programs.  It is our mission to grow Kentucky agriculture.  For updates on funding opportunities available nationally and for Kentucky framers and agribusiness, sign up for our email list here.  Don't worry, we don't share your information!

Featured Funding News

The funding opportunities below are updated as more information is available.  Take a look below for the most relevant funding information, but also check the Funding Opportunities page, as it will have the more opportunities and information.If you have any questions about any of the programs listed here, do not hesitate to contact us.  Helping you find and prepare to apply for funding is central to our mission!

Updated April 22, 2014

  • KADF Application Reminder!
    Deadline:  April 25, 2014
    In case you haven’t already made and mailed the required 20 copies (19 and the original) to the Kentucky Ag Development Board (KADB), you need to get on the ball!  If you are looking for a few pointers to refine your application, make sure you have read the “Guiding Principles for Board Action,” found under the KADF Project Link.  Be sure to check out other available programs while you are there!  Click on the program name for more information.

  • Review for Fund-a-Farmer
    Get it to me by Monday, April 28th!
    So, you haven’t started on it yet?  Well, get online and start on it today!  It is $2,500 of money (no match) specifically for helping farmers transition to pasture-based systems or generally enriching the conditions in which the animals are raised.  Also, if you have a certification, such as Animal Welfare Approved, you can receive money to market your humanely raised products.  This program is only for existing farmers, not start-ups or non-profits.  Check out their blogs on the grant, which includes helpful tips, at http://www.fundafarmer.org/tag/2014-grants/.  If you get something to me (mchristy@growkentuckyag.com) by Monday, I will be happy to look over it and see if it can be strengthened.

  • Household Water Well System Grant Program (USDA-Rural Development)
    Deadline: May 27, 2014
    Not a grant for individuals!  The grant program is for a non-profit to set up a revolving loan fund to assist individuals in constructing, refurbishing, and servicing individual household wells.  It does not cover the construction of septic systems.  Interested non-profits must provide 10% of the program funding and have expertise in lending.  Only about 10 awards will be available nationwide from the $1 million total available.  You’d better be sure it fits your organization well before going after this one!

  • Fund-a-Farmer
    Deadline:  May 1, 2014
    Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is entering its 3rd year of award grants for the Fund-a-Farmer Project.  The grants are for helping family farms transition to pasture-based systems, marketing assistance for their humane animal products, or to generally improve the way the animals on your farm are raised.  The grant is up to $2,500, with no match necessary.  You are required to provide a schedule F so they know you are, indeed, a farmer.  A webinar on the program will be on February 11th and 12th, available at http://www.fundafarmer.org/fund-farmer-webinars-february-11-12/.

  • Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design
    Deadline:  May 6
    Rural communities who are facing design issues, including Main Street revitalization, transportation, or protecting working agricultural lands, can apply to have $7,000 in funding (which much be matched dollar for dollar), and $35,000 worth of technical assistance (no match required) to have a 2 to 3 day workshop with around 40 participants.  Local governments and non-profits are eligible to apply.  For more information and to learn how to make a strong application, they will have a free webinar on April 2, register here.  Be sure to check out their FAQ pages.
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation Grants
    Deadline:  May 15
    These private foundation grants are for a maximum of one year and $15,000.  The grant is to support research that is done in certified organic systems and is relevant to organic farms.  Working organic farms and ranches should be used to address actual farm practices, and may include related social, economic, or policy topics.  The idea behind this is addressing an organic issue with research and implementing practices to take care of it, not just research for curiosity’s sake.  Education and outreach must be included in the project to address adoption of the proposed organic practices and how to use the results in actual farm operations. 

  • Captain Planet Ecotech Grant
    Deadline:  May 31
    Although not necessarily an agriculture grant, there are many possible applications for school gardens.  The Captain Planet Foundation, in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, will be awarding 16 grants of $2,500 to schools or non-profits to help engage kids with projects in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math areas (STEM).  The projects should use biomimcry or nature-based designs, or use technology that addresses an environmental problem in their community.  Preference will be given to programs with matching funds.  It is a rolling deadline, so the sooner you submit, the better! 
  • KSU Small Scale Farmer Grant
    Currently open! Deadline June 1, 2014.
    Kentucky farmers that sell at least $1,000 of agriculture produce to the public, but don’t sell more than $250,000, are eligible to apply, as are corporations and cooperatives that serve Kentucky farms.  Aquatic farmers, certified organic farmers, farmers becoming certified organic, or any small scale farmer who wants to improve their marketability by adding value to their product are encourage to apply.  Annual funding limits are $5,000 per farmer and $15,000 for organizations.  Previously approved projects included a water line to the hoop house, a root cellar, and trailers for keeping meat cool.  For more information, visit http://kysu.edu/academics/cafsss/cafsss-research-areas/cafsss-small-scale-farm-grant-program/

  • KY Horticulture Council Market Development Cost-Share Program
    Final Deadline:  December 15, 2014
    As many of you horticulture folks are using the winter to attend trainings and other educational meeting, this cost-share program can pay for conference registrations, up to $1,250 if you are a KY Proud member.   THIS GRANT CAN COVER EXPENSES ALREADY INCURRED, but pre-approval is recommended.  Don’t wait until December 15, apply now!  It’s not a painful process.  The value of your travel costs acts as match and must be documented.  Funding comes through the KY Ag. Development Board, and the KDA works with the KY Hort. Council to administer to funds.  Here is the application, and Joshua Lindua, joshua.lindua@ky.gov, can be contacted with questions.

  • Value-Added Producer Grant (USDA)
    Late 2014?
    We are looking for interested applicants, developing a list to start going over eligibility, what it will fund, and how well it fits your situation.  Then, we start working on getting a grant together!

    This program is for producers who add value to their agricultural product, most commonly by a change in the product, although other value-added practices, such as agricultural methods or geographic separation are eligible.  Examples include processing milk to make cheese, grapes to wine, or making jam.  If you are thinking about applying, you need to act now.  Program limits are $200,000 for a working capital grant and $75,000 for a planning grant, requiring a dollar-for-dollar match.  For more information, contact the AGFP coordinator, Myrisa Christy, by email or calling 270-883-2392.

  • Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), USDA-RD
    Opening Soon!!
    The REAP program will cover up to 25% of the energy efficiency OR generation project through a grant, and will also offer favorable loan terms for additional financing.  the loan fund is very under-used.  A third party energy audit is required, as is a technical report, to determine payback period.  It is estimated that this program will open in the next month, so if you are interested, you need to contact someone to do an energy audit.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Scott Maas at scott.maas@ky.usda.gov or me at mchristy@growkentuckyag.com.

  • Community Giving Program (Farm Credit Mid-America)
    Rolling deadline, so call for information now!
    This program supports agriculture in many ways, from agriculture events to capital improvements to infrastructure to assist rural communities.  Examples include supporting FFA, 4-H, or construction of farmer’s market facilities.  Amounts can vary from $100 to $10,000 or more, depending on the project.  For more information, check out their website and call your local Farm Credit Mid-America office.  Smaller requests are handled at the county level, while larger ones will be sent along to their corporate offices.  http://services.e-farmcredit.com/newsroom/community/community-giving/