Grants & Loans For Farmers and Ranchers

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Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants in Hawaii and Western Pacific

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The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements. Agricultural producers may also apply for new energy-efficient equipment and new system loans for agricultural production and processing. Eligibility: Agricultural producers with at least 50 percent of their gross income coming from agricultural operations. Small businesses in eligible rural areas. Funding available: Loan guarantees on loans up to 75 percent of total eligible project costs. Grants for up to 25 percent of total eligible project costs. Combined grant and loan guarantee funding up to 75% of total eligible project costs

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10/31/22

County of Kauai, FY 2022-2023 Grants

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The intent of this grant program is to support projects and activities that meet a distinctive cultural, social, or economic need for which adequate federal or state funding cannot be secured. Eligibility: nonprofit organizations. With funding up to $25,000.

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9/2/22

New Ventures Advising, LLC, Good Food Funding

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We created the Good Food Funding Guide listing sources of grants, loans, and equity for businesses and programs promoting sustainable food and agriculture and local economies. It is arranged alphabetically into four sections: Government Grants, Private Grants, Loans, and Equity. Refer to our article “Good Food Funding Guide” for information about choosing sources of capital for your project

Conservation Reserve Program, Clear 30

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing the signup period for its Clean Lakes, Estuaries, And Rivers initiative (CLEAR30) — a nationwide opportunity for certain landowners and agricultural producers currently implementing water quality practices through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to enroll in 30-year contracts, extending the lifespan and strengthening the benefits of important water quality practices on their land.

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8/5/22

The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program

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The program and this funding opportunity announcement prioritize investment and funding to train workers and employers impacted by working in high-hazard industries, industries with high fatality rates, or whose workforce has historically had disadvantaged access to occupational safety and health training, including young workers, temporary, minority, low literacy, limited-English speaking, and other disadvantaged and hard-to-reach workers and worker communities. The Susan Harwood Training Grant Program seeks to increase access to life-saving training by encouraging grantees to provide the training in other languages.

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8/1/22

Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

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This program promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. NRCS seeks to coinvest with RCPP partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.

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4/13/22

Local Food Promotion Program

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This program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products.

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6/16/22

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

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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.

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Agricultural Management Assistance Program

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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.

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Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

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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.

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Environmental Quality Incentives Program

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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.

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Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

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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.

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HDOA Emergency Loan for Farmers

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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.

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FSA Loan Programs

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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.

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

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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.

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Hawaii County Community-Based Economic Development Program

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Hawaii

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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).

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Feed the Hunger Fund

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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.

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Forest Service, Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program 2023 West

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The purpose of the Landscape Scale Restoration competitive grant program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority rural forest landscapes. This program supports high-impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in a State Forest Action Plan or equivalent science-based restoration strategy. Eligibility: Native American tribal governments, Private institutions of higher education, City or township governments, Nonprofits, State governments, Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, County governments. With funds starting at $25,000 to $300,000.

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10/27/22

Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Innovation Grants

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Hawaii County

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The intent of the grant program is to support research, programs, or projects that advance innovation in the areas of agriculture and food systems, business and industry development, community-based and place-based tourism, community well-being, creative industries, energy, and sustainable economic development in Hawaiʻi County.

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9/1/22

Library of Congress, Community Agricultural Programs & Urban Food Hubs Funding

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been granting millions of dollars to rural farms. However, more recently, the government has begun offering increased amounts of financial assistance to urban farms. Going forward it is expected the USDA will continue to funnel more money toward urban farms that are situated on rooftops, in greenhouses, or in warehouses.

Among the financial resources available to urban farmers are USDA Microloans designed for urban farmers. To secure funding, you will need a business plan that describes your organization's goals, mission, business operation, market potential, and so forth.

Lisle International, Lisle Global Seed Grant

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Do you have a project idea that will bring people of diverse backgrounds together for shared learning? Lisle International provides Global Seed Grants to support innovative projects which advance intercultural understanding through shared experiences, with the goal of creating more just social order. Projects may seek to bridge a variety of community divides, including ethnic, cultural, religious, racial, or gender perspectives, anywhere in the world. Lisle only funds projects that promote intercultural understanding and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to share and learn from one another. Grants start at $500 to $5000.

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7/31/22

USDA Micro-Grants for Food Security Program

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MGFSP assists agricultural agencies or departments in eligible states and territories to increase the quantity and quality of locally grown food in food insecure communities through small-scale gardening, herding, and livestock operations by competitively distributing sub-awards.

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6/6/22

Loans for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers

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FSA makes and guarantees loans to beginning farmers. There is a special focus on the credit needs of farmers and ranchers who are in their first 10 years of operation. Farmers may apply for direct loans at their local FSA offices.

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Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program

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The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve supply chain resiliency

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4/11/22

EQIP Organic Initiative

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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.

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Aqua-Spark Aquaculture Investors

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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.

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Employment Training Fund

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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.

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Maui Micro Business Loan Program

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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.

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Pacific Gateway Center’s Agriculture for Human Trafficking Survivors

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Oahu

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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.

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Conservation Reserve Program

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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.

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Rural Development Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding

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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.

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Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program

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This program guarantees loans of up to $40 million for qualified lenders to finance food systems projects, specifically for the start-up or expansion of activities in the middle of the food supply chain. The program will support new investments in infrastructure for food aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, and distribution to increase capacity and create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain.

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American AgCredit

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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.

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Western IPM Center Special Issues Grant

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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.

Rolling Deadline

Newman's Own Foundation, Nutrition Security for Indigenous Youths

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Newman’s Own Foundation is a private foundation formed by Paul Newman to sustain the legacy of his philanthropic work. They will support applicant organizations that build on the strengths of Native communities to enhance nutrition security for Native youth. Eligible organizations: non-profit serving Native populations, tribal governments, educational institutions, and Native-owned social innovation businesses. Certain non-qualifying educational institutions and Native-owned social innovation organizations are eligible to apply with a 501(c)(3) organization as a fiscal sponsor.With grants starting from $20,000 to $50,000; Larger grants may be considered.

Open Until Deadline

9/15/22

NCAT, ATTRA, Sustainable Agriculture Funding

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A funding hub resource page to help acquire specific funding opportunities for farmers and ranchers nationwide.

USDA, Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program

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Meat and Poultry Processing Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) grants are available to qualified applicants (intermediary lenders) to facilitate financing for the start-up, expansion, and operation of entities engaged in primary processing (slaughter) or further processing of meat and poultry. Eligible organizations: Nonprofits IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments. With funding starting at $500,000

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7/25/22

Bank of Hawaii, Mclenary Foundation Grants

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McInerny Foundation grants are given to organizations benefiting the people of Hawaii. Program and Project grants are awarded in six major fields: arts and culture, community, education, environment, health and rehabilitation, and human services. The Mcleenary Foundation offers grants for Program support, General operating support, Major capital support, and Tuition aid to Hawai'i nonprofits.

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Maui County Small Business Grant Program

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Maui

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This program is open to all small businesses in Maui County and is part of the American Rescue Plan to assist small businesses in Maui County. This is a grant and not a business expense reimbursement program. Upon qualification, the grant amount is $5,000. See link to find out if your business qualifies.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program

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This program funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products by developing, coordinating, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, online sales or other direct producer-to-consumer (including direct producer-to-retail, direct producer-to-restaurant and direct producer-to-institutional marketing) market opportunities.

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6/16/22

SBA Disaster Assistance

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Low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to O‘ahu businesses, homeowners, and renters affected by the severe storms, flooding, and landslides from December 5 to 10, 2021. Loans are available to anyone who suffered damages to their home, business, or nonprofit.

Pacific Gateway Center’s Social Enterprise Program

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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.

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Kiva Loan Program

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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.

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

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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.

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Pacific Gateway Center Micro-lending Program

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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.

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Emergency Conservation Program

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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 Deadline Unclear

Kahiau Rural Business Development Microloan Program

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Hawaii

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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.

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FSA Emergency Loans

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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%

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Pacific Gateway Center’s Job Creation through Agriculture Program

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Oahu

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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.

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Certified Naturally Grown Grassroots Fund

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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.

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