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Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses to agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic.

Deadline

1/22/22

Wood Innovations Funding Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This Request for Proposals focuses on the Wood Innovations program goals: Reduce hazardous fuels and improve forest health on National Forest System and other forest lands, reduce the costs of forest management on all land types, promote economic and environmental health of communities.

Deadline

1/19/2022

USDA Service Centers Provide Free, One-on-One Help for Farmers

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

USDA offers help to farmers completing loan applications, environmental reviews, and other paperwork free of charge. Farmers who work with the USDA Service Center can establish their farm by registering for a farm number, which is required for USDA programs and assistance, learn how to meet conservation compliance provisions, verify eligibility for USDA programs, discuss their business and conservation goals, create a conservation plan, and fill out loan and program applications.


Deadline

Year Round

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pacific Gateway Center Micro-lending Program

Loan

Private

/ State

Grant/Loan Information

PGC in partnership with Kiva, is offering 0% interest loans up to $15,000 for entrepreneurs in Honolulu City & County working in manufacturing, food service, agriculture, and value-added goods.

Deadline

Open

The MEO Agricultural Micro Grant Program

Grant

Private

/ Maui, Lana'i, Moloka'i

Grant/Loan Information

The MEO Agricultural Micro Grant Program will allow operating farms on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai to qualify for grant funds of up to $25,000 that will have a direct impact on the availability of: locally grown produce, local livestock & poultry, and other related products.

Deadline

12/14/2021

Conservation Reserve Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The goal of this program is to reestablish valuable land cover to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce the loss of wildlife habitat. Farmers receive an annal rental payment in exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and instead planting species that improve the environmental health and quality. Contracts for the Conservation Program are 10-15 years long. All interested producers are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center for more information.

Deadline

TBD

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

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

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

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

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

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

Economic Injury Disaster Loan

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Eligible companies can receive up to $15,000 that doesn’t need to be repaid. Businesses must be in low-income communities, have no more than 300 employees, and have been significantly affected by the pandemic.

Deadline

1/31/22

Hawaiian Honey and/or Honeybees Competitive Sealed Proposal

Grant

State

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

The Hawaii Department of Agriculture's primary goal of this program is to support projects that will provide the highest measurable benefits or return-on-investment to the honey and/or honeybees

industry in Hawaii. To be eligible for an award, projects must enhance the competitiveness of Hawaiian honey and/or honeybees in either the domestic or foreign markets.


Deadline

11/19/2021 at 12:00 PM

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.

Deadline

Varies

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

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

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 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

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