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BIPOC Farmer Micro-grant

Grant

Private

/Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Rodale Institute, i­n partnership with Organic Farmers Association, offers a micro-grant program specifically targeted to support small-scale black, indigenous & people of color farmers, whether organic, transitioning to organic, or an aspiring organic farmer.

Deadline

3/31/2021

Gardens for Good Contest

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program supports organic community gardens that are doing good in their communities. 21 projects will receive $5,000; winners will be selected by the number of votes and through an internal evaluation process.

Deadline

3/24/2021

Kiva Loan Program

Loan

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

The Kiva Loan Program provides $1,000-$15,000 loans to small businesses. The loan has up to a 42 month term at 0% APR with a 6 month grace period for agriculture. The loan may be used for working capital or capital expenditures. If the loan is for food and agriculture, The Kohala Center's Hawaiʻi Food Producers Fund will participate up to 50% of the loan amount.

Deadline

Year Round

NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. EWD invites applications in five areas: professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, and a brand-new program for agricultural workforce training. Deadlines vary for each program area; please refer to the RFA for more details.

Deadline

Varies

Value Added Producer Grant

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program helps agricultural producers perform value-added activities such as processing and marketing new products. The goal of the program is to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income. Funds can be used for 1) planning activities such as conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing value-added products, or 2) working capital expenses such as processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses and some inventory and salary expenses.

Deadline

3/22/2021

Hawaii County Community-Based Economic Development Program

Loan

Local

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

The CBED Program financially assists community based enterprises through providing low cost loans of $25,000 to agricultural producers, manufacturers using agricultural products, and value added agricultural product businesses. For more information, call Wayne Tom at (808) 587-2772, Kevin Yokoyama at (808) 323-7591 (Kona) or Gareth Mendonsa at (808) 933-9977 (Hilo).

Deadline

Unclear

Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store eligible commodities including on-farm storage and handling for small and mid-sized farms, and for new farmers. Loan terms vary from 3 to 12 years. The maximum loan amount for storage facilities is $500,000. The maximum loan amount for storage and handling trucks is $100,000.  Microloans are available up to $50,000.

Deadline

Year Round

Partners for US Fish and Wildlife Service

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners in the form of cooperative and grant agreements to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitats for the benefit of federal trust resources. Partners will be chosen based on their alignment with the US Department of the Interior’s strategic objectives.

Deadline

9/30/2021

FSA Emergency Loans

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Producers suffering from farm related losses directly caused by declared natural disasters, emergencies or designated quarantine areas can apply for up to $500,000 in loans. These funds can be used for restoring or replacing essential property, covering part of the production costs associated with the disaster year, refinance certain non-real estate operating debts, paying family living expenses, and reorganizing the family farming operation. The current interest rate on this loan is 2.25%

Deadline

TBD

Biodynamic Association Scholarship Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Biodynamic Scholarship Fund serves farmers, aspiring farmers, and those interested in learning and developing skills in biodynamics but lack the financial resources to participate in educational opportunities. By providing scholarships to individuals to attend the North American Biodynamic Conference and other events organized by the Biodynamic Association as well as biodynamic workshops or coursework at participating education centers in North America, the Biodynamic Association hopes to make education more accessible to all.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

Pacific Gateway Center’s Agriculture for Human Trafficking Survivors

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides support to immigrant, refugee and socially disadvantaged farmers by helping them navigate through regulatory requirements, access farmland, micro-loans, and other forms of capital, connect with commercial farms and restaurants, provide marketing support services, and learn business management and operations.

Deadline

Year Round

Certified Naturally Grown Grassroots Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Grassroots Fund offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs. This fund waives the minimum $150 dues for CNG certification.

Deadline

Year Round

EQIP Organic Initiative

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The EQIP Organic Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to organic producers through contracts up to ten years. Producers must have a USDA National Organic Program Organic Certificate, proof of good standing from a USDA accredited certifying agent, and sell less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural products or are looking to transition to organic.

Deadline

Year Round

HDOA Emergency Loan for Farmers

Loan

State

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

HDOA provides emergency loans for farmers of up to $150,000 at 3% interest. Loans up to $100,000 will not require credit denials from other financial institutions. HDOA has waived their three-year residency requirements; both citizens and residents are able to apply. Applicants must have devoted most of their time and derive most of their net income from farming. HDOA also offers numerous other loan options, including loans for new farmers, qualified farmers, part-time farmers, food manufacturing, and aquaculture. To learn more about HDOA's loan options, click here or here.

Deadline

No deadline

Feed the Hunger Fund

Loan

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Feed the Hunger Fund provides 6.5%-8.5% $5,000-$250,000 loans for anyone involved in the food industry, particularly marginalized communities with sustainable businesses.

Deadline

Year Round

Molokai/Maui Emergency Assistance Program

Grant

State

/ Molokai, Maui

Grant/Loan Information

HDOA has opened an $200,000 emergency assistance program for farming and ranching operations on Molokai and Maui that have suffered losses due to excessive deer populations. Qualified agricultural and livestock operations may apply for up to $10,000 in assistance.

Deadline

3/8/2021

Employment Training Fund

Grant

State

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides tuition assistance for courses through a list of approved vendors. Employers can apply to this fund on behalf of their employees in order to participate. The goal is to enhance workers’ skill sets for improved job performance and increased chances for future promotions and pay.

Deadline

Year Round

Rural Development Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding

Grant/Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

SECD promotes regional economic and community strategic planning in rural America through supporting multi-jurisdictional or multi-sectoral projects. There are a variety of SECD programs relating to community facilities, water and waste disposal, business and industry, rural business development, and broadband service. All programs are now streamlined under one application. Webinars on February 4th and 9th will provide an overview of all funding opportunities. Register for the webinar here.

Deadline

Varies

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program helps beginning farmers and ranchers enter or improve their success in farming, ranching, and managing nonindustrial private forest lands through supporting projects that provide education, mentorship and technical assistance to enhance their knowledge and skills. Applications from partnerships/collaborations that are led by or include NGOs, CBOs, and school-based agricultural educational organizations with expertise in new agricultural producer training and outreach will be given priority. Examples of eligible programs include entrepreneurship and business training, technical assistance to help beginning farmers and ranchers acquire land, and mentor, apprentice, and internship opportunities.

Deadline

3/25/2021

Western IPM Center Planning Grant

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This grant provides up to $15,000 of funding to develop or update crop profiles, pest management strategic plans, integrated pest management strategic plans,  evaluations or other planning and evaluation documents. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis and up to $75,000 of funding is available in 2020-2021.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwiwde

Grant/Loan Information

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing renewable energy technical and site assistance.  Applications are accepted year round.

Deadline

Year Round

Hawaii People’s Fund

Grant

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

This fund provides grassroots organizations with up to $5,000 grants for projects that ensure that the most vulnerable communities can stay safe. Examples of eligible projects include participatory mutual aid projects serving vulnerable communities through means such as food justice.

Deadline

Unclear

American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available to any farm, ranch, or agribusiness woman or her daughter. These funds may be used go pursue accredited courses directly related to agriculture.

Deadline

3/1/2021

Maui Micro Business Loan Program

Loan

Local

/ Maui

Grant/Loan Information

The Maui Chamber of Commerce provides 0% interest emergency and working capital loans of $7,500-$25,000 to businesses in Maui County with 10 or fewer employees during the pandemic. The goal of the program is to serve as many small, economically disadvantaged businesses. In addition to loan funding, recipients will also gain access to business development resources, auxiliary programs and mentorship.

Deadline

Until funds are depleted

Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This fellowship provides $1,000-$3,000 to properly qualified young women who have several years of experience in agriculture, horticulture, or related subjects and are looking to advance their studies through pursuing a masters or doctorate at an educational institution in the United States.

Deadline

3/15/2021

Pacific Gateway Center’s Job Creation through Agriculture Program

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

This program helps both new and existing agricultural enterprises on Oahu and Hawaii Island by providing access to farmland and micro-loans for low-income farmers, start-up assistance including business plan, promotion and marketing assistance, and education and training on topics such as food safety and regulatory requirements. Language assistance and guidance is also available.

Deadline

Year Round

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA.

Deadline

Year Round

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitats, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility.

Deadline

Year Round

Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program

Loan

Private

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program offers technical assistance and $2,000-$15,000 2% interest loans for businesses to help them develop and build a network. Businesses must have a Native Hawaiian or kama`āina owner/operator and be located on Hawaii Island or Molokai.

Deadline

Until funds are depleted

American AgCredit

Loan

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Previously known as Hawaii Farm Credit, American AgCredit is a privately-run, agriculture lending company. They provide a variety of loans for land, equipment, construction, leasing, crop insurance, and more from $10,000-$20M.

Deadline

Year Round

West Oahu SWCD’s Together We Farm Program

Grant

Private

/ Oahu

Grant/Loan Information

Together We Farm offers a series of free, interactive, and self-paced farmer training courses about soil health, nutrient management, pesticide safety, and worker protection standards. Visit oahuaca.tovuti.io to access the courses on your computer or mobile device. Farmers who complete the coursework by Monday, March 15, become eligible for awards and grant funding.

Deadline

3/15/2021

Aqua-Spark Aquaculture Investors

Loan

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Aqua-Spark is an investment fund that supports sustainable small-to-medium aquaculture businesses around the world to provide safe, accessible aquatic life that does not harm the ocean. With investments starting at $250,000, Aqua-Spark looks to be a minority investor in businesses with elements of economic sustainability, environmental sustainability, and social sustainability.

Deadline

Year Round

Quality Loss Assistance

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides assistance to producers who suffered eligible crop quality losses due to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program coverage is available, except for grazed crops and value loss crops. For more on eligibility, qualifying disaster events, and payment calculations, click here.

Deadline

3/5/2021

NRCS’ Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Alternative Funding Arrangement

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program promotes the coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions to expand the collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. The RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements are partner-led projects that propose the innovative use of federal assistance to achieve conservation benefits not possible under the RCPP Classic program. Click here to see the currently funded projects. Find more information about the opportunity here.

Deadline

Opens in January 2021

Western IPM Center Special Issues Grant

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This Center offers special issues grants up to $5,000 for time-sensitive one-year integrated pest management projects that cannot wait until the next regular grant cycle.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Rural Energy for America Program will provide funds to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to install renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. The Rural Energy for America Program is designed to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption and help meet the nations critical energy needs.

Deadline

9/30/2021

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program Sustainable Agricultural Systems

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding to projects that promote transformational changes in the US food and agriculture system, with a preference for projects that take a systems approach to sustainable agricultural intensification, agricultural climate adaptation, value-added innovation, and/or food and nutrition translation. State agricultural experiment stations, universities and university research foundations, other research institutions and organizations, federal agencies, national laboratories, private organizations and corporations, and individuals may apply for research, education or extension projects. Universities may apply for integrated projects.

Deadline

7/1/2021

Hawaii Small-Scale Agriculture Grant (Coming Soon!)

Grant

Federal

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

HDOA received $1.9 million from the USDA to increase the quality and quantity of locally grown foods in food-insecure communities that import a significant amount of food. In January, a statewide RFP will be posted on the Hawaii State Procurement website providing farmers, ranchers, producers, home gardeners, and hunters with up to $5,000 a year for up to 3 years, and organizations with up to $10,000 a year for up to 3 years. These funds may be used to purchase tools for equipment, animals, fencing, and enhancing knowledge off food security. For specific eligibility rules and grant uses, see here.

Deadline

Opens February 2021

Sea Pact

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Sea Pact aims to advance sustainable fisheries and responsible aquaculture practices through funding projects in four focus areas: Sustainable Fisheries Partnership’s Target 75 Initiative, Domestic Aquaculture Advocacy, Aquaculture Education, and the responsible joint Sea Pact seafood sourcing policy. Sea Pact accepts LOI year-round.

Deadline

Year Round

Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program

Grant

Private

/ Oahu, Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

The Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program provides technical, social, and monetary support to entrepreneurs that create jobs for vulnerable populations and revitalize the community.


This program can provide direct access to capital such as facilities, equipment, and funding for businesses looking to expand their operations. The program also provides one-on-one coaching for business needs with special classes for taxes, legal issues, marketing and more. It also provides access to childcare, transportation assistance, and language access support. If interested, email sep@pacificgatewaycenter.org.

Deadline

Year Round

Rural Business Development Grant

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Rural Business Development Grant provides technical assistance and training for small rural businesses with fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1M in gross revenue. There is no maximum grant amount. There are two types of grants: enterprise grants and opportunity grants. To see examples of both enterprise and opportunity grants, click here

Deadline

3/31/2021

Emergency Conservation Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergency Conservation Program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought.

Deadline

Unclear

Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) is available to eligible agricultural producers in Hawaii. It provides financial and technical assistance to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into farming operations.

Deadline

Year Round

FSA Loan Programs

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Farm Service Agency has a wide range of loan programs including: 

•Direct Operating Loans 

•Direct Farm Ownership Loans 

•Minority and Women Farmers and Rachers 

•Emergency Loans 

•Microloans 


To discover which USDA farm loans or microloans you are eligible for here, access the farm loan discovery tool here.

Deadline

Varies

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