Useful Federal and Regional Grants

Timing and purpose of grant programs are two major concerns for would-be applicants. Below we have listed several federal and regional programs available to Kentucky farmers, agribusinesses, and non-profits that require advanced planning and time. We are here to help!

Fall 2018

SARE Producer and On-Farm Research Grants - Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Timeframe: Expected to open September 2018. The SARE producer grants are to help sustainable farmers perform research on an issue particular to their sector of agriculture, and then share the results with other farmers. Link: http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Producer-Grants. The On-Farm Research Grants are for cooperative extension or other professional organizations that assist farmers to address a sustainable agriculture or organic issues by working with producers.  Providing the results to others is an important part of this program. http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/On-Farm-Research-Grants 

Rural Energy for America Program - USDA Rural Development

Timeframe:  USDA will take applications year-round; the next deadline is Fall 2018. The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) can cover up to 25% of energy efficiency improvements or energy generation projects.  This competitive program requires an energy audit and technical report included in the application.  Loans are also available.  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html

Spring 2019

Value Added Producer Grant – USDA Rural Development

Timeframe: Currently closed, expected to open in early 2019. The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) provides planning or working capital to farmers and producers who are adding value to their agricultural products.  The program generally requires a business plan and pro forma financials to score well, so starting early is a must.  http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants

Local Food Promotion Program Grants: USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service

Timeframe: Currently closed, expected to open in Spring 2019.  The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) helps farmers and agribusiness sell local food into the supply chain by assisting with training, marketing, producer recruitment, and outreach. https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/lfpp

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants: USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service

Timeframe: Currently closed, expected to open in Spring 2019.  The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) helps farmers sell local food directly to consumers by assisting with training, marketing, producer recruitment, and outreach.  https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/grants/fmpp