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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 March 12, 2014

  • 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!

    Community Foods Project
    Deadline:  March 31
    With approximately $5 million in funding, this USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Program is incredibly competitive, and the tight turnaround certainly increases the difficulty of success.  There are three types of grants:  Community Food Projects (maximum request $300,000), Planning Projects (max request $25,000), and Training and Technical Assistance (T & TA) Projects ($500,000). The goals include increasing the access of low-income individuals in the community; increase community food self-reliance; integrating local food, farms, and nutrition; and meet specific local needs.  The projects require a dollar-for-dollar match and you must be a non-profit to apply. 

  • State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grants
    Deadline:  March 23
    There is an app for the grant-on Facebook!  Funded by State Farm, there are no long, complicated government forms to go for this $25,000, but it isn’t agriculture-specific, either.  I thought of all of you farmer’s market people and ways you can improve you community with a little input into you market.  However, don’t let me stifle your creativity.  In the end, this grant is decided by a public vote, so take some time to read the guidelines and sample application at
    https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/.  The program link is http://www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist, which takes you to a Facebook app, where you will actually enter you application.

  •  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

    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 elaineb@fb.org calling her at 202-406-3629. 

    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! 

  • 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)
    OPEN!!!  DEADLINE March 13, 2014?
    UPDATE:  Yes, the deadline has been extended, but since the notice hasn't been published, we are unsure of when this will really close.  So, as soon as I know anything, I will pass the information along!

    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.

  • 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 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/