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Small Scale Farm Grant Program

Grants to Kentucky Farmers, Nonprofits, and
For-Profits to Expand Small Farm Operations

GrantWatch ID#: 175086
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Kentucky State University - Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF)


Grants of up to $15,000 to Kentucky small farms, nonprofit and for-profit organizations serving Kentucky farms and producers and individual farmers to help small farm businesses grow. Funding may be used for marketing or the purchasing of equipment. The goal of this program is to invest in the long-term productive capacity of small, Kentucky-based farm operations.

The Kentucky State University Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF) Small Scale Farm Grant Program has been developed to support the expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky, especially among certain underserved groups. 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.

Aquatic and Certified Organic farmers can use the funds for equipment and expenses to produce and market their products. Contract labor is allowable. If approved, the grant will cover up to 100% of eligible expenses outlined in the application budget but no more than $5,000 for individuals and no more than $15,000 for organizations that benefit multiple Kentucky farms/producers.

Individuals: Up to $5,000
Organizations: Up to $15,000

You will have up to one (1) year to complete the project and expend all funds.

Eligibility requirements:

- A Kentucky farm producing agricultural products for sale to the public with gross agricultural sales greater than $1,000 and below $250,000 in 2014/2015 (this is a self-declaration, but must be verifiable)

- A Kentucky-based formal, non-governmental organization, for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, and cooperatives that serve multiple Kentucky farms/producers

- Farmers formally and actively seeking organic certification with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)

- Any small scale farmer looking to improve the marketability of their agricultural products by some value-added process may qualify for funds

Special considerations will be made for limited resource farmers (household income of less than $23,000/year), small acreage producers, female farmers, minority farmers, and the 54 Appalachian counties. Grantees must comply with all health, food safety, and other federal, state, and local laws. KSU employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.

- Funds cannot be used to purchase motorized vehicles or motorized equipment
- You cannot pay yourself or your family for any labor
- Consumables/Expendables will not be approved (jars, seed, feed, livestock, plant materials, etc.)
- Partial funding of large, costly equipment is not eligible

Applications must be received by the 1st of each month listed below:
2016:October, December
2017: February, April, June, August

If you are unsure of how to address your operation to complete the application, you may request assistance for completing the application. Assistance is also available for obtaining funds from other government agencies for which your operation is eligible.

Final authorization is typically determined within one to three weeks after you return the signed and notarized documents. Upon authorization, a check will be issued to begin the project.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct questions to:
Joni Nelson

Please mail the completed application and any supporting documents to:
Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street Cooperative Extension Building
c/o Joni Nelson
Frankfort, KY 40601

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