KCARD Announces 2017 Winter Grant Workshops

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program (AGFP) of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) will be hosting a series of grant workshops to assist agricultural producers and rural businesses identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds.


"The grant process can be overwhelming; that’s why KCARD is here to help. Learning what funding sources are available is the first step in the grant process," explained Aaron Shapiro, AGFP Grant Facilitator. "The workshops are a great opportunity for farmers to ask questions, learn about how different programs work, and begin working on their own grant plans."


The first workshop of the season will be an evening workshop at the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office in Whitesburg, Kentucky on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. The second workshop will be an all day workshop at the Scott County Cooperative Extension Office in Georgetown, Kentucky on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.


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. 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.


"Grant programs are competitive, so applicants must make a strong case for their project to receive funding. The grant workshops are designed to help identify grants that are a good match and to provide the tools needed to put together strong grant applications," explained Shapiro.


There will be a $10 per person fee to attend the workshop, but a meal will be provided for each workshop. For further information and to register contact Kati Bowman at kbowman@kcard.info or 859-415-4909.  


The third workshop will take place on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at the Pulaski County Cooperative Extension Office in Somerset, Kentucky. The final workshop will take place at the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Office in Princeton, Kentucky on Tuesday, February 21st, 2017.


The Kentucky Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and led by KCARD, aims to help agricultural producers and rural businesses in Kentucky learn about, apply for, and receive funding available through numerous programs.


The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development works with agricultural producers, rural businesses and agribusinesses across the Commonwealth to provide a range of services including business planning, strategic planning, operations and cost analysis, record keeping development, feasibility studies, and on-site business consultations. Support for KCARD is provided in part by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant. To learn more about KCARD services visit www.kcard.info.


Posted: January 10, 2017