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USDA Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant

Grant

Federal

Rural Area, Hawai'i and Western Pacific

Grant/Loan Information

The Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program provides technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. Grants must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  Examples of technical assistance are: Feasibility studies; Business plans; Strategic planning; Leadership training. Only cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers are eligible: the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area. Maximum Grant Amount: $175,000.  Deadline: August 9, 2021, 11:59pm ET More information here.

Deadline

8/09/2021

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

Grant

Private

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The CCOF Foundation Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund grants are available for applicants who meet the following criteria: Certified organic operations currently in good standing (valid organic certificate required for consideration), experienced economic hardship in the 2021 calendar year, submission of documentation or supporting evidence of economic loss resulting from the hardship (required for consideration), submission of a receipt for organic certification fees paid in 2021 (by any accredited certifier), and submission of a progress report six months after you receive grant. Award amounts range from $1,000-$2,500. Applications must be filled out completely to be eligible for consideration. Grantees from previous years are welcome to re-apply.

Deadline

05/28/21

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

Grow Hawai`i Agriculture Initiative 2021

Grant

State

/Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

The Hawai`i Department of Agriculture (HDOA) is now accepting proposals for the Grow Hawai`i Agriculture Initiative 2021, an initiative to quickly scale up commercial agricultural production including the production of value-added products. HDOA expects to award about six proposals from commercial agricultural enterprises for up to $250,000 or some alternate combination deemed most advantageous to the state. This request is for local farmers, ranchers and other operators with a proven track record of success. Applications/proposals must be emailed to marci.clingan@hawaii.gov and received by 12:00 p.m. (noon), HST, May 3, 2021.

Deadline

05/03/2021

AMS COVID Stimulus Public Comment Opportunity

Other

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

USDA AMS is seeking feedback through public comments and listening sessions about the possible development of a new grant and food purchase program. The COVID Stimulus Package has allocated $1.5 billion in grants and loans to small or midsize food processors or distributors, seafood processing facilities and processing vessels, farmers markets, producers, or other organizations to respond to COVID. The USDA would like to know how to best allocate these resources to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the agricultural industry and communities in need of nutrition assistance.

Deadline

TBD

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

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

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 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

Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

Grant

Federal

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

NRCS has granted funds for the development and establishment of mitigation banks and banking opportunities solely for agricultural producers with wetlands subject to the Wetland Conservation Compliance provisions of the 1985 Food Security Act. Amount: $400,000 - $1,000,000. Applications due: August 16, 2021. More Information here.

Deadline

8/16/2021

Maui County Producers May be Eligible for Emergency Conservation Program Assistance

Grant

Federal

Grant/Loan Information

March 2021 flooding has caused severe damage in east and south areas of Maui County. If you’ve suffered severe damage, you may be eligible for assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) administered by the Maui County Farm Service Agency. For land to be eligible, the natural disaster must create new conservation problems that, if untreated, would be so costly to rehabilitate that Federal assistance is or will be needed to return the land to productive agricultural use, is unusual and is not the type that would recur frequently in the same area, and affect the productive capacity of the farmland impair or endanger the land. If you’ve suffered a loss from a natural disaster you may contact the local FSA Maui County Office and request assistance from April 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

Deadline

04/30/21

American Rescue Plan Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Debt Payments

Federal

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

To address systemic challenges that socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers have faced, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is providing historic debt relief to Black/African American, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian American or Pacific Islander producers. Any socially disadvantaged borrower with direct or guaranteed farm loans as well as Farm Storage Facility Loans qualifies. USDA is now reviewing and working to gather feedback to implement the Act, and more guidance will be forthcoming. A borrower, including those with guaranteed loans, can contact their local USDA Service Center to verify, update or submit a new ethnicity and race designation using the AD-2047. 


Deadline

TBA

USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

On March 24th, USDA announced the Pandemic Assistance for Producers program, which will support farmers, ranchers and producers who were impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. This program will put a greater emphasis on outreach to small and socially disadvantaged producers, specialty crop and organic producers, and more. Existing programs like CFAP will be refined to better meet producers’ needs. This program will also utilize the Local Agricultural Marketing Program, Farming Opportunities Training and outreach and Specialty Crop Block Grant Program to enhance educational and market opportunities for agricultural producers. To read the entire announcement, click here.

Deadline

Coming Soon!

Western SARE Research and Education Grants

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This grant program offers funding to scientists, agricultural producers and others using interdisciplinary approaches to advance sustainable agriculture at local and regional levels. Projects must advance environmental, economic and social components of sustainable agriculture. Proposals must include a researcher and at least three producers, and must involve research and education on a sustainable agriculture topic.

Deadline

5/20/2021

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

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

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

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 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

USDA Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

Grant

Federal

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), requests applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG). The MPIRG assists meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities with costs to make improvements and plan other activities necessary to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or the Poultry Products Inspection Act; or to operate as a State-inspected facility compliant with these acts under the respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program. Facilities are eligible that operate under State inspection or that are exempt from Federal inspection. The maximum award amount is $200,000 (with the dollar-for-dollar match requirement waived). Applications that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities are encouraged. More information here: Applications must be received on or before 11:59 pm August 2, 2021, EDT.

Deadline

08/02/2021

Conservation Innovation Grants On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials

Grant

Federal

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The USDA NRCS  is seeking proposals for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials. On-Farm Trials feature collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. Incentive payments are provided to producers to offset the risk of implementing innovative approaches. NRCS is seeking proposals that address at least one of the following four On-Farm Trial priorities: Climate-smart agricultural solutions, Soil health demonstration trial, Irrigation water management, and Management technologies and strategies. NRCS will accept proposals from the following eligible entities: Private entities whose primary business is related to agriculture, Non-government organizations with experience working with agricultural producers, and Non-federal government agencies. Proposals that include the meaningful participation historically underserved producers (American Indian, Alaskan native, Asian American, Black/ African American, Pacific Islander, and Hispanic/Latino, military veterans, low income or have farmed for 10 years or less) receive priority consideration through the evaluation criteria. A webinar for On-Farm Trials applicants is scheduled for May 13, 2021 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time


Deadline

06/21/21

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Update

Federal

Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

USDA reopened CFAP 2 signup for all eligible producers beginning April 5, 2021. Farmers and ranchers will have at least 60 days to apply or make modifications to existing CFAP 2 applications. Eligible commodities include specialty crops, livestock, dairy, row crops, aquaculture, floriculture and nursery crops. USDA has increased CFAP1 payment rates for cattle and provided an additional assistance of $20 per acre for producers of eligible crops identified as CFAP2 flat-rate or price-trigger crops. Additional payments for swine producers and contract growers under CFAP Additional Assistance remains on hold and is likely to require modifications to the regulation as part of the broader evaluation and future assistance. FSA will continue to accept applications from interested producers.

Deadline

06/04/2021

RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides funding for innovative and non-traditional approaches to conservation solutions at the local, regional and landscape level. USDA’s NRCS will prioritize projects related to climate smart agriculture and forestry. The goal is for partners to have more flexibility in working directly with agricultural producers to support the development of new conservation structures and approaches that would not otherwise be effectively implemented through the classic regional conservation partnership program.

Deadline

5/28/2021

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 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

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 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