The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is a 501 (c)-3 non-profit organization established to facilitate agricultural and rural business development in Kentucky. Below is a list of programs available to Kentucky Farmers, agribusinesses, and non-profits that require advanced planning and time. All opening dates and deadlines are estimates. Contact Aaron Shapiro, Grant Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-763-8259 for assistance with grant applications.
Upcoming Funding Opportunities
Value Added Producer Grant (USDA Rural Development) Timeframe: expected to open March 2016. The Value Added Producer Grant provides planning or working capital to farmers who are adding value to their agricultural products. The program generally requires and business plan and pro-forma financials to score well, so starting early is a must. Find more here.
Rural Energy for America Program (USDA Rural Development) Timeframe: Deadline May 2, 2016. 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. Find the grant forms and resources here.
Community Food Projects (USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Timeframe: Summer/Fall 2016. The Community Food Projects Grant is to plan or implement project that increase access of low income communities to food, including possibly increasing their self-reliance. The CFP is very competitive and requires collaboration with many partners. Click here for more information and grant application package.
Local Food and Farmer's Market Promotion Programs- (USDA: Agricultural Marketing Service) Timeframe: March/April 2016. These grant opportunities help farmers and agribusinesses sell local food by assisting with training, marketing, producer recruitment, and outreach. Find more info and grant resources here.
Producer Grant (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Education and Research) Timeframe: September 2016. The producer grant is to help sustainable and organic farmers perform research on an issue particular to that sector of agriculture, then provide the results to other farmers. Learn more here.
On Farm Research Grant (Southern Sustainable Agriculture Education and Research) Timeframe: September 2016. The On Farm Research grant is for cooperative Extension or other agencies that assist farmers to address a sustainable agriculture or organic issue by working with producers. Providing the results for others is an important part of these programs. Learn more here.