Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA)
Grants of up to $8,000 per year to Kentucky restaurants, food distributors, and other food service businesses to reimburse the purchase or sale of agricultural products grown within the state. Funding is intended to help qualifying participants enhance their products and menus with locally sourced ingredients. The goal of this program is to facilitate greater utilization of farmer’s bounty, while making it easier for the food service community to prepare these products for the dining pleasure of their patrons.
The KDA is focused on creating greater demand for the agricultural production made possible by the Commonwealth’s farms and these incentives are on based purchases that directly benefit these stakeholders. You will be encouraged to promote Kentucky Proud within your establishment and through your various marketing channels. Staff will be glad to assist in helping you identify more sources for Kentucky grown commodities and discussing strategies for gaining customer support for these decisions. While all segments of the food production system in Kentucky are valued, and manufactures are encouraged to seek Kentucky Proud designation for their products, this program is highlighting the role Kentucky farms are contributing through a Gold, Silver, and Bronze notation system.
Categories are as follows:
- Gold: Edible agricultural products that have 100% Direct Farm Impact. The intent is that these products have 100% Direct Kentucky Farm Impact with only negligible inclusion of other ingredients added for safety or other product enhancements. These direct farm impact products must be sourced directly from a Kentucky farm where the commodities were raised, from a processing plant that can identify the Kentucky farm of origin, or a distributor that can track either of these conditions. Farms or processors identified as the direct source of these products must be active members of Kentucky Proud.
- Silver: Edible processed agricultural products where significant portions of the commodities used to produce the products were sourced from Kentucky farms and have some level of Direct Kentucky Farm impact. The major ingredients for these products must have originated from Kentucky farms and there should be an ability to identify some of the farms involved for the promotion of the products. Processors of these products must be active members of Kentucky Proud.
- Bronze: Edible agricultural products harvested, produced, processed, or manufactured in Kentucky that have negligible Direct Kentucky Farm Impact. These are products where the major agricultural components are grown outside of Kentucky and the Kentucky portion of the ingredients are simply there for flavoring or other product enhancements. Processors of these products must be active members of Kentucky Proud.
For examples of Gold, Silver, and Bronze products, see:
GrantWatch ID#: 176326
The KDA will reimburse the food service on eligible items until it has reached the $8,000 annual cap, $36,000 lifetime cap, or until funding is depleted.
Food service businesses can receive a 15% reimbursement on the product costs for eligible ingredients purchased by the business and prepared for customers.
Distributors that provide detailed quarterly reports on behalf of participating restaurants will be considered for a 2.5% reimbursement on eligible sales in addition to the restaurants’ reimbursement.
Enrollment in the 2019-2020 Buy Local program will provide the program participant, reimbursement eligibility for sales and purchases made through December 31, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Fax or email the completed application to the Customer Resource Center at
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Office of Marketing
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
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