How to Find Grants for Your Farming or Agriculture Business
The farming and farm agriculture industry plays a pivotal role in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, these industries accounted for $1.055 trillion of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2020. However, many of these businesses were struggling to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether short on workers, or products, these companies took a hit. The U.S. Congress even passed six stimulus bills in 2020 to help these businesses. However, many farmers still find themselves barely getting by day-to-day. Without these businesses, the nation would not have access to certain foods and materials, so it is imperative to ensure they get the funding they need. Some of this funding can be found in the form of grants.
How to Find a Farming/Agriculture Grant
GrantWatch.com is the leading grant listing directory and has information for more than 250 farming/agriculture grants. These grants are for nonprofits, businesses, and individuals in economically distressed communities, agriculture research, agriculture education, and community agriculture projects.
Money does not grow on trees, but there are plenty of grants available to help your organization. Once you go to GrantWatch.com, click on grants for small businesses. This can be found on the middle tab at the top of the site. This will take you to a screen where you can additionally filter grants by your state and grant interest to help narrow down your search.
Make sure to only apply to grants your business is eligible for and to follow all the directions the application lists. Additionally, in honor of the agriculture industry, GrantWatch is sharing five of the top farming grants available for businesses today!
Five Farming/ Agriculture Grants
- Financial assistance is available to U.S agricultural producers to mitigate crop losses due to natural disasters and adverse conditions resulting in low yields, inventory loss, or the prevention of crop planting. Assistance may be requested for commercially produced crops for which insurance coverage is not available.
- Grants are also open to U.S. nursery tree growers and orchardists to restore and replace qualifying vines, bushes, and trees that have been damaged or lost as a result of disease or natural disaster. Funding may help mitigate the losses of commercially produced annual crops.
- In addition, there is an insurance compensation program for livestock producers and owners to mitigate losses exceeding normal mortality due to adverse weather events, disease, and attacks by wild animals. Eligible classes of livestock include cattle, poultry, and swine.
- There are also grants to ranchers to mitigate the damage of financial losses. Funding is to support applicants facing financial damage as a result of inclement weather, disease, wildfires, and water shortages. Funding may be claimed in the event of livestock death, feed and grazing loss, losses resulting from the cost of transporting water, honeybee feed, colony and hive losses, farm-raised fish feed and death losses, and losses related to cattle tick fever treatments.
- Finally, grants of up to $50,000 are available to U.S. dairy processors to promote regionally produced dairy products. Eligible applicants are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Looking for more business grants? GrantWatch has an entire category dedicated to small business grants, as well as one for capital funding and one for COVID-19 relief grants.
Also, make sure to sign up for a paid subscription to GrantWatch. By doing so, you and your organization can receive access to almost 8,000 grants for nonprofits, small businesses, and individuals. This includes full eligibility criteria, contact information for grant funders, and application links.
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