KSU Announces Grants for Small Scale Farmers

 

The KSU Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families Small Scale Farm Grant Program has been developed to support expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky. The grants are available for small scale farmers who are motivated to improve their farming operations or improve the marketability of their products.  The grants support three priority areas:
  • Certified organic farming
  • Value-added enterprise development
  • Aquaculture farming and marketing

Aquatic farmers and certified organic farmers can use the funds for equipment and operating expenses to produce and market their products.  Any small scale farmer looking to improve the marketability of their agricultural products by some value-added process may qualify for funds.  Contract labor is allowable.  If approved, the grant will cover up 100% of eligible expenses outlined in the application budget, but no more than $5,000 per year for individuals and no more than $15,000 per year for organizations. 

Grant funding decisions are based upon the impact the grant is expected to have on the production and sales of Kentucky-grown or -raised farm products. KSU will evaluate grant applications received by the following dates:

  • December 1, 2012
  • February 1, 2013
  • April 1, 2013
  • June 1, 2013
  • August 1, 2013
  • December 1, 2013
  • February 1, 2014
  • April 1, 2014
  • June 1 , 2014
  • August 1, 2014

You can download a copy of the application at the following web address:  http://oak-ky.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/CSFF-Application.pdf.  For questions or to submit an application, please contact: 

Mr. Mac Stone 
Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families 
400 East Main Street 
Cooperative Extension Building 
Frankfort, KY 40601 
mac.stone@kysu.edu 
502-597-6831