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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 February 2, 2014
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/.
Our Food Link-Farm Bureau
Deadline: April 4, 2014
As you are planning activities to help connect you community to agriculture, you can turn to your local Farm Bureau to provide some support. The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee is offering seven grants of $700 grants to farm burea offices to assist with Our Food Link Projects. Information on the Our Food Link program can be found at http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=programs.ourfoodlink, and includes documents that can assist with community outreach for your market/farm. I have the application forms available, but your local farm bureau office must apply. Elaine Bristol is over the program and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org calling her at 202-406-3629.
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, email@example.com, can be contacted with questions.
Value-Added Producer Grant (USDA)
OPEN!!! DEADLINE FEBRUARY 24, 2014
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.
BEAM Kentucky Export Program
Deadline February 28, 2014
With grant money from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, this program is encouraging businesses in counties surrounding Louisville and Lexington (map and eligibility here) to do activities to increase their exports. You must have at least two employees and gross income of less than $40 million a year. Awards are up to $4,500 and are for things such as market research, strategic planning assistance, financial analysis and planning, improved web presence, education, translations, trade shows and more. For more details, go to http://www.lexingtonky.gov/index.aspx?page=3383.
On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives
Due March 23, 2014-Round 1
This program is funded by the KY Ag Development Board through the Governer's Office of Agricultural Policy. The maximum amount is $10,000 or 50% of the project total, up to $10,000. You must have a third party energy audit, and you must not have received funding through this program before. Also, the program no longer covers solar panels and other energy generation, only efficiency projects. They do have a list of approved auditors!
Energy for America Program (REAP), USDA-RD
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com.
KSU Small Scale Farm Grant
Currently open! Deadline April 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://www.kysu.edu/landGrant/CSFF/ssfarmgrantprogram.htm
Grow Rural Education
Deadline: April 6, 2014
Awarded by the Monsanto fund, many counties, mostly grain-producing counties west of Interstate 75, are eligible. Check the list here by scrolling to item 12, about halfway down the page, and finding Kentucky. Farmers can nominate public school districts for grants ranging of either $10,000 or $25,000 to strengthen math and science in their schools. Schools will compete against others in their region.
Community Food Project Competitive Grant Program
Opening in early 2014???
The USDA-NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) administers this program. It may open in early 2014, depending on the farm bill. This program is not for individual producers, but non-profit organizations looking to address food security and self-sufficiency in low income communities. Partnerships between organizations are encouraged. If you are interested in this program, you need to have a project, goals, and budget in mind. Funding has ranged from $10,000 to $300,000 and requires a dollar-for-dollar match for everything but Training and Capacity building. I recommend watching last year’s webinar. Here is a place to go for additional information, including past projects funded.
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/