Grant Workshops for Farmers and Agribusiness

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) announces November grant workshops this fall in an effort to assist agricultural producers and rural businesses identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds. 

The first workshop of the season will take place at the Morgan County Cooperative Extension Office in West Liberty, Kentucky on Monday, November 2nd. The second workshop will take place at the Barren County Cooperative Extension Office in Glasgow, KY on Thursday, November 5th, and third workshop will be offered at the Perry County Cooperative Extension Office in Hazard, KY on Thursday, November 12th.  There will be a $10 per person fee to attend the workshop, but lunch will be provided. For further information and to register visit Growing Kentucky Agriculture or contact Myrisa Christy at or 270-883-2392.  


"The grant process can be a little overwhelming for farmers. The workshops help them get more information about funding opportunities and how to apply," explained Myrisa Christy, the Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program Coordinator. "Participants get to ask questions, learn about how different programs work, and begin working on their own grant plans."


The workshops are designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to learn how to search for grants, how to prepare strong applications, as well as how to connect with other resources available for their operations. Each workshop will bring together speakers who work directly with national and state funding programs.  Individuals from USDA, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Kentucky Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, Kentucky State University and the University of Kentucky will also be in attendance to expose participants to the different programs and services offered by these partners.


"In order to be competitive for funding, applicants must make a strong case for their projects. Our intention is that these workshops give them tools they need to identify a program that works for them and then be able to put together a competitive application," explained Christy.


The Kentucky Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program is funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and led by KCARD. The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development works with agricultural producers, rural businesses and agribusinesses across the Commonwealth to provide specialized assistance increasing the chances for business success. KCARD provides a range of services including business planning, grant and funding assistance, strategic planning, business management reviews, operations and cost analysis, record keeping development, feasibility studies, and on-site business consultations.  To learn more about KCARD services visit


Posted: October 23, 2015