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Grants to Kentucky Agricultural Producers, Nonprofits, and Collectives to Expand Agriculture Within the State

Small-Scale Farm Grant Program


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Funding Source
Kentucky State University, Center for Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kentucky

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/01/22 - Postal mail must be postmarked before the 1st; Education assistance applications must be submitted at least 30-90 days in advance of the conference/workshop. Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Kentucky agricultural producers, nonprofit organizations, and cooperatives to expand agriculture within the state. Special consideration will be made for BIPOC, female, limited-resource, and small acreage farmers as well as farmers located in food-insecure and SOAR counties. Funding decisions will be based upon the expected future impact on the production and sales of agricultural products grown and raised within the state.

There are six priority areas for the Small-Scale Farm Grant:

  1. Aquaculture/Aquaponics - Food production; vegetable and/or fish production (e.g., aerators, pumps, tanks, harvesting equipment, liners, etc.)
  2. Certified Organic Agriculture (documentation of certified or transitional status is required)- Production-related implements, equipment, or supplies (e.g., broadfork, walk-behind implements, irrigation lines, etc.)
  3. Value-Added Enterprise - Changing of raw agricultural products to a new product of increased market value (e.g., milk to cheese or lotions, grains to bread, etc.)
  4. Food-Insecure Area Production (must produce or sell in one or more of the 77 eligible counties) - Addresses one or more of the following: apiculture, hydroponics, poultry/eggs, small ruminants (excludes cattle/dairy cattle).
  5. Agroforestry – Producers interested in utilizing their forestlands to acquire equipment and non-disposable supplies and materials related to the production, harvesting/collection, processing, storage and packaging of non-timber forest products such as tree sap syrup, mushrooms, honey, medicinal herbs, fruits, nuts, berries, and silvopasture ruminant production (excludes cattle/dairy cattle).
  6. Farmer Education Assistance - Includes associated costs to acquire relevant agricultural knowledge (registration fees for workshops, conferences, online trainings, reference materials, mileage at $0.41/mile). Excludes meals and fuel.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- A Kentucky-based farm with gross annual agricultural sales greater than $1,000 and below $250,000 in the previous two years. This is a self-declaration but must be verifiable.
- Farmers already certified or seeking organic certification with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
- Small-scale, limited-resource farmers expanding the marketability of their agricultural products by a value-added process.
- Kentucky-based, formal, non-governmental organizations and cooperatives that serve multiple Kentucky farms or producers (farm/producer names must be provided and verifiable).

Approved individual funding is limited to one individual per household/address or farm number/address.

Kentucky State University employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.

- No motorized vehicles (e.g. trucks, tractors, walk-behinds)
- No labor costs paid to the applicant or their relatives
- No consumables, expendables, inputs (jars/lids, seed/ feed/plant materials/inputs/fertilizer/soil/dripe tape, etc.)
- No livestock
- No partial funding of equipment greater than $10,000 (greater than $5,000 requires verified match)

Additional Geographic Information:

Food Insecure Counties:


Pre-Application Information
- February 1
- April 1
- June 1
- August 1
- October 1
- December 1

Postal mail must be postmarked before the 1st.

Education assistance applications must be submitted at least 30-90 days in advance of the conference/workshop and you must secure your registration and lodging beforehand.

Estimated Size of Grant
Approved overall funding is limited to $10,000 (up to $5,000 per submitted and approved application).

Approved organization funding is limited to $15,000 (must benefit multiple Kentucky farms and/or producers).

Term of Contract
Recipients have one (1) year to complete the project while submitting the required quarterly reports. Projects should continue for a minimum of three (3) years. Reporting may extend or up to three years post-project completion to determine the viability of the program.

Contact Information
Applications are to be submitted via email or postal mail to:
M. Allison Noel
Kentucky State University
400 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

For assistance or questions on the applications contact:
Joni Nelson

Kevin Gutowski

Allison Noel

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