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Other Funding Opportunities

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 & Friday, Nov. 25 in observance of Thanksgiving. The office will reopen Monday, Nov. 28 at 8 a.m.

On this page you will find a listing of other funding opportunities available from other federal/state agencies and private organizations.

Funding opportunities are divided into ten categories. The title, deadline, and a brief description are provided. Dates in red are deadlines that are four weeks or less away.

Ag Diversification :: Education & Technology :: Environment/Natural Resources
Loan Programs :: Marketing & Market Access :: Research & Development
Rural Community Development :: Value-Added :: Women & Minorities
Youth & Leadership

Agricultural Diversification
& Sustainability

Beginning Farmer Loan Program
[visit link below for monthly deadlines]
The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation has announced the availability of a new lending program that will be administered through lenders with offices in Kentucky. This program has been designed to assist beginning farmers in formulating a business plan, securing needed expertise, and receiving the capital to prepare their farming operation for a successful future. For more information about the program and who qualifies, visit the Beginning Farmer Loan Program web page at http://kafc.ky.gov/kafc_programs_beginningfarmer.shtml.
 
Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Sustainable Agriculture Grants
[Open]
For the advancement of sustainable agriculture policies and practices that promote continuity and responsibility in the ownership of farmland, maintenance and restoration of soil quality and crop diversity. For more information about eligibility, applying, or prior fund recipients, then visit the Foundation's web site.
 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Food Systems & Rural Development
[Open]
The Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) programming area works to attain its programming goals through grantmaking to groups, institutions and collaboratives that share FSRD’s food systems and rural development goals. Grants are made in three ways: 1) general change strategy grants; 2) grants made to support strategic change strategies; 3)clusters of grants. For more details, visit their web site.
 
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Education & Technology

C-Train Grant Program
C-TRAIN is a grant program funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and administered by The Center for Rural Development that enables eligible businesses to seek financial assistance to train their employees in qualified areas of technology training. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis subject to the availability and limitation of funds.
 
Gateway Foundation
The Foundation's mission guides the company's charitable giving: to invest in our communities and future by providing state-of-the-art technology and technical support to underserved youth and schools.
 
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Environment & Natural Resources

Environmental Quality Incentives Program
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.
 
Environmental Research & Education Foundation Scholarships
[04/30 annually]
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation annually offers funding through the Francois Fiessinger Scholarship Fund to support the work of outstanding students pursuing environmental research at the doctoral level. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of: academic or professional performance; relevance of one's work to the advancement of environmental science; and potential for success.
 
Green Communities Charrette Grants
[Open]
Green Communities now offers grants for up to $5,000 to assist housing developers with integrating green building systems in their developments and engage in a serious discussion of green design possibilities. Enterprise will award planning grants to affordable housing developers to coordinate green charrettes. Visit the RFP link for more details.
 
Starbucks Youth Environmental Literacy Program
[3/1 and 9/1 annually]
The Starbucks Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry from qualifying organizations that work with underserved youth. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000.
 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Food Systems & Rural Development
[Open]
The Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) programming area works to attain its programming goals through grantmaking to groups, institutions and collaboratives that share FSRD’s food systems and rural development goals. Grants are made in three ways: 1) general change strategy grants; 2) grants made to support strategic change strategies; 3)clusters of grants. For more details, visit their web site.
 
Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc. Grants
[Not specified]
Applicants my initially submit a letter of inquiry or a full proposal. Areas of interest for proposals include: sustainable agriculture, protection of farmland near cities, plant genetic research, biodiversity protection, environmental education and media. Application guidelines may be found at the link above. All letters and proposals must be submitted in hard copy. No faxes or e-mails are accepted.
 
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Loan Programs

Beginning Farmer Loan Program
[visit link below for monthly deadlines]
The Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation has announced the availability of a new lending program that will be administered through lenders with offices in Kentucky. This program has been designed to assist beginning farmers in formulating a business plan, securing needed expertise, and receiving the capital to prepare their farming operation for a successful future. For more information about the program and who qualifies, visit the Beginning Farmer Loan Program web page at http://kafc.ky.gov/kafc_programs_beginningfarmer.shtml.
 
Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program
The B & I Guaranteed Loan Program guarantees loans made by eligible lenders to rural businesses. The primary purpose of this program is to create and maintain employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Call the Deputy Administrator, Business Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) at (202) 720-0813 or visit their home page at the link above.
 
Coordinated Value-added Assistance Loan
[visit link below for monthly deadlines]
The Coordinated Value-Added Assistance Loan Program is designed to provide loan opportunities to companies and individuals in Kentucky who create contract production opportunities for other agricultural producers. KAFC will facilitate loans of up to $1,000,000 through this program with a limit of $100,000 for each new grower opportunity created. Visit this program's web page for more information.
 
Emergency Farm Loan Program
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides emergency loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine.
 
KY Tourism Development Loan Program
This resource is provided by the Kentucky Department of Tourism. Through this program developers of small tourism facilities can apply for loans to create a new tourism business or expand a tourism business already in operation. For more information contact Todd Cassidy, Tourism Development Cabinet, at (502) 564-8067 or via e-mail at Todd.Cassidy@ky.gov.
 
Kentucky Assistive Technology Loan Program
Any individual who has been a resident of Kentucky for at least six consecutive months, and who either has a disability that permanently affects a major life activity, or is a parent, guardian or caretaker of an individual with a disability. The purpose of the loan must be to purchase assistive technology to be used by the individual with a disability. A nonprofit organization that provides assistive technology to individuals with disabilities may also apply if they can demonstrate how the adaptive equipment will be used for their potential customers. Loans range from $500 - $25,000 with a fixed interest rate of 5.50%. Visit their site at http://katlc.ky.gov/About%20KATLC.htm for more information on how to apply. To receive assistance in filling out the application, contact receive Sarah Richardson at the above address, by calling toll free at 1-877-675-0195, or by e-mail.
 
Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides direct and guaranteed loans to beginning farmers and ranchers who are unable to obtain financing from commercial credit sources. Each fiscal year, the Agency targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FLO) and operating loan (OL) funds to beginning farmers and ranchers.
 
A beginning farmer or rancher is an individual or entity who (1) has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years; (2) meets the loan eligibility requirements of the program to which he/she is applying; (3) substantially participates in the operation; and, (4) for FO loan purposes, does not own a farm greater than 30 percent of the average size farm in the county. (Note: all applicants for direct FO loans must have participated in business operation of a farm for at least 3 years.) If the applicant is an entity, all members must be related by blood or marriage, and all stockholders in a corporation must be eligible beginning farmers.
 
Loans for Socially Disadvantaged Persons
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can make and guarantee loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. Funds specifically for these loans are reserved each year. Non-reserved funds can also be utilized.
 
A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
 
Youth Loans
FSA makes loans to individual rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations.
 
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Marketing & Market Access

Restaurant Rewards
Kentucky Restaurant Rewards is a new program initiated by KDA and Partners for Family Farms. It is designed to reward Kentucky restaurants and caterers that purchase products directly from Kentucky farmers. Participating restaurants and caterers will be offered reimbursement for advertisements and promotional materials that promote local food products.
 
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Research & Development

U.S. - Israel BARD Research Grants
[September 1]
BARD (Binantional Agriculture Research and Development Fund) supports mission-oriented cooperative agricultural research projects of mutual interst to the United States and Israel. Projects cover all phases of research and development, including integrated projects and strategic or applied research. The average BARD grant is $300,000 for a 3-year award. Fields of study include soil/water conservation, crop production including new technology, crop protection, animal production, aquaculture, veterinary medicine, etc. Visit the above link for guidelines and application details.
 
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Rural Community Development

Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program
The B & I Guaranteed Loan Program guarantees loans made by eligible lenders to rural businesses. The primary purpose of this program is to create and maintain employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities. Call the Deputy Administrator, Business Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) at (202) 720-0813 or visit their home page at the link above.
 
Green Communities Charrette Grants
[Open]
Green Communities now offers grants for up to $5,000 to assist housing developers with integrating green building systems in their developments and engage in a serious discussion of green design possibilities. Enterprise will award planning grants to affordable housing developers to coordinate green charrettes. Visit the RFP link for more details.
 
KY Tourism Development Loan Program
This resource is provided by the KY Department of Tourism. Through this program developers of small tourism facilities can apply for loans to create a new tourism business or expand a tourism business already in operation. For more information contact Todd Cassidy, Kentucky Department of Tourism, at (502) 564-8067 or via e-mail at Todd.Cassidy@ky.gov.
 
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
[Open]
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and U.S. territories that advance our mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans. Visit their Call for Proposals web page for more information.
 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Food Systems & Rural Development
[Open]
The Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) programming area works to attain its programming goals through grantmaking to groups, institutions and collaboratives that share FSRD’s food systems and rural development goals. Grants are made in three ways: 1) general change strategy grants; 2) grants made to support strategic change strategies; 3)clusters of grants. For more details, visit their web site.
 
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Value-added

Coordinated Value-added Assistance Loan
[visit link below for monthly deadlines]
The Coordinated Value-Added Assistance Loan Program is designed to provide loan opportunities to companies and individuals in Kentucky who create contract production opportunities for other agricultural producers. KAFC will facilitate loans of up to $1,000,000 through this program with a limit of $100,000 for each new grower opportunity created. Visit this program's web page for more information.
 
Restaurant Rewards
Kentucky Restaurant Rewards is a new program initiated by KDA and Partners for Family Farms. It is designed to reward Kentucky restaurants and caterers that purchase products directly from Kentucky farmers. Participating restaurants and caterers will be offered reimbursement for advertisements and promotional materials that promote local food products.
 
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Food Systems & Rural Development
[Open]
The Food Systems and Rural Development (FSRD) programming area works to attain its programming goals through grantmaking to groups, institutions and collaboratives that share FSRD’s food systems and rural development goals. Grants are made in three ways: 1) general change strategy grants; 2) grants made to support strategic change strategies; 3)clusters of grants. For more details, visit their web site.
 
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Women & Minorities

Loans for Socially Disadvantaged Persons
[Open]
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) can make and guarantee loans to socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. Funds specifically for these loans are reserved each year. Non-reserved funds can also be utilized.
 
A socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher is one of a group whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity as members of the group without regard to their individual qualities. For purposes of this program, socially disadvantaged groups are women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
 
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Youth & Leadership

Starbucks Youth Environmental Literacy Program
[3/1 and 9/1 annually]
The Starbucks Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry from qualifying organizations that work with underserved youth. Grants range from $5,000 to $20,000. Visit the RFP for more information.
 
Youth Loans
FSA makes loans to individual rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations.
 
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