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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 July 15, 2014

  • KY On-Farm Energy Grants

    July 25, 2014

    This program is funded by the KY Ag Development Board through the Governor'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.  If you have any questions, contact Angie Justice at 502-564-4627 or angela.justice@ky.gov.   For this and other Kentucky Ag Development Fund opportunities, visit http://agpolicy.ky.gov/funds/Pages/program-portal.aspx. 


  • Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land Grant Colleges of Agriculture Program (NLGCA)

    Sept 5, 2014

    Offered by the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Capacity building Grants for NLGCA is meant to assist non-land grant universities in further developing their agriculture programs, including getting more funding assistance, so the college can do more research and reach out to more farmers.  The maximum award is $750,000, and the estimated amount of funding available is $4 million.  In short, this, too is a highly competitive program.  For more details, check out http://www.nifa.usda.gov/fo/nonlandgrantcollegesofagriculture.cfm, which includes information on past projects to receive funding.


  • Small Business Innovation and Research Grant (SBIR)

    Oct 2, 2014

    The USDA's Small Business Innovation and Research Grant is a highly-competitive program, but it doesn't require a match!  Don't let the far away deadline fool you, this is not a simple grant.  You must be a small business and you must be doing some kind of research in one of their emphasis areas, including aquaculture, small and mid-sized farms, food and nutrition science, forest and related products, and plant production, to name a few.  The funding is up to $100,000 for a Phase I project.  For more information and the Request for Proposals, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov/fo/sbir.cfm. 


  • KSU Small Scale Farmer Grant
    Currently open! Deadline Dec 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://kysu.edu/academics/cafsss/cafsss-research-areas/cafsss-small-scale-farm-grant-program/

  • 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)
    Late 2014?
    We are looking for interested applicants, developing a list to start going over eligibility, what it will fund, and how well it fits your situation.  Then, we start working on getting a grant together!

    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.

  • 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/