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Farmer Education Grant

Grants to Kentucky Small-Scale Farmers to Attend
Conferences, Training Events, and Workshops

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

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Grants of up to $500 to Kentucky small-scale farmers and agricultural producers to take advantage of training and educational opportunities. Funding may be used for pre-approved costs, such as registration fees and travel costs associated with attending a conference, workshop, or training event. Funding may also be requested for relevant books.

The Kentucky State University Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF) has developed a small-scale farmer/producer educational support program to support farmers in 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 Kentucky-raised farm products.

Things to Remember:
-Conference, training or workshop agenda and/or information must be included with the application.
-Requests for educational books must be supported with an online quote or shopping cart list.
-Funds approved must be used solely for the benefit of the agricultural business, which must be located in Kentucky.
-Out-of-state educational trainings may qualify but must be pre-approved. Priority is given to in-state trainings.

Funding for educational support must be pre-approved (prior to attending any workshop, etc.). Kentucky farmers can use funds for registration fees, specific travel (flight, bus, train), and in some cases, mileage on personal vehicles (reimbursed at $0.41/mile). Meals and fuel costs are excluded from funding.

Examples of funding may include, but are not limited to the following:
-Better Processing Control School offered by the University of Kentucky
-Aquaculture and/or Aquaponics training
-Appropriate educational books, literature, and/or online webinars

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183132

Estimated Size of Grant:

Upon final authorization, a check will be issued for up to but not exceeding $500 for educational training and/or materials.

Term of Contract:

Educational projects must be completed within six (6) months of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-A Kentucky farm producing agricultural products for sale to the public with gross annual agricultural sales greater than $1,000 and below $250,000 in 2017/2018 (this is a self-declaration, but must be verifiable).
-Farmers or producers formally and actively seeking organic certification with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
-Farmers or producers interested in improving the marketability of their agricultural products through specific trainings.
-Farmers or producers interested in new ventures that require training in order to take advantage of the SSFG.
-Kentucky State University employees and their immediate family members are not eligible.
-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.

Workshops or trainings attended prior to the execution of the contract will not be eligible for grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline are the 1st day of every other month in 2018 and 2019: February, April, June, August, October, December.

Incomplete applications will not be rolled over to another award cycle to await information. The applicant must complete the application and resubmit for consideration in another funding cycle.

Approvals are dependent upon the availability of funds. If more applicants qualify than there are funds available, awards will be made with applications scoring the highest, continuing down the list until all funds are expended.

Contact Information:

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

For questions, contact:

Joni Nelson
(502) 597-6831

Digital and scanned applications will be accepted via email to:

Allison Noel

Please mail the completed application and any supporting documents to:

Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Building
ATTN: Joni Nelson
400 E. Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kentucky