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Hawaii County Coronavirus Relief Fund

Grant

Local

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

The County of Hawaii has received $80M in CARES Act funding. $3,992,000 of this funding has been allocated to purchase local farm produce to distribute food to restaurants for meal preparation and deliver meals to vulnerable populations. The county will release an RFP for financial institutions, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations to apply with the capacity to receive $250,000 to over $2 million in awards. Once the money has been awarded, small businesses and nonprofits which have lost income due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the awarded organizations. Funds must be distributed to the community by December 20, 2020. Individuals and individual businesses cannot apply if seeking to address only their needs. The RFP will become available starting July 12. A webinar on July 13 from 9-10:30 am will provide an overview of the program. Click here to sign up for the webinar.

Deadline

7/21/2020

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences.

Deadline

9/24/2020

County of Maui OED Grants

Grant

Local

/ Maui

Grant/Loan Information

The County of Maui OED offers reimbursable grants for programs, projects, and events that promote sustainable economic development within Maui County. Projects must directly benefit Maui’s economy. Priority target areas are culture, environment, agriculture, technology, visitor industry, energy, and the arts.

Deadline

9/30/2020

NOAA Assistance

Grant

Federal

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

NOAA Assistance is available for commercial, charter, subsistence fisheries, aquaculture, processors, and fishery-related businesses. Business must be able to show harm greater than 35% loss of revenue compared to last year’s 5-year average, while subsistence, cultural and ceremonial fisheries only need to show negative impacts. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission has received Hawaii's allocation of funds. PSMFC is currently working out the application logistics and will release the application soon.

Deadline

TBD

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

Supplemental Aquaculture Funds

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Sea Grant programs can apply for these funds for a range of activities. Some examples of activities include: 

•Education or communication activities 

•Joint regional aquaculture research competitions 

•Joint regional/topical aquaculture extension positions 

•Competitive exploratory aquaculture program development •Aquaculture extension

Deadline

11/3/2020

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

Small Farm Relief Fund

Grant

State

/ Oahu

Grant/Loan Information

This Relief Fund is part of the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund. They have removed some of the barriers farmers had with eligibility. If you did not qualify before you may qualify now! Please see this fact sheet for more information.

Deadline

Unclear

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

Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Competitive Grants

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This grants program is in its first year of existence and is comprised of two projects: 

•Planning Projects 

Planning projects initiate or expand efforts of urban agriculture, including agriculture assessments, the development of business plans and feasibility studies, support for municipal planning, and program development and implementation of agriculture and innovative production in schools. 

•Implementation Projects 

Implementation projects can increase food production in small urban and indoor spaces, operate community gardens, provide hands-on training in farming, meet specific food and agricultural needs, and provide schools with resources to grow and consume nutritious food and pursue careers in agriculture.

Deadline

7/6/2020

Hawaii Food Producers Fund

Loan

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Hawaii Food Producers Fund offers 0% interest loans up to $15,000 to Hawaii food producers through Kiva. Money may be used for any business purpose.

Deadline

No deadline

Hawaii Community Foundation Resilience Fuund

Grant

Private

/ Statewide

Grant/Loan Information

Hawaii Community Foundation is offering grants for projects that address one or more phases of their four-phased approach to community resilience. The four phases are: (1) Risk reduction (2) Rapid relief and response (3) Recovery and stabilization (4) Rebuilding resilience

Deadline

TBD

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

NRCS Easement Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The NCRS Easement Program provides financial and technical assistance to support wetland systems and associated uplands. Funds can be used to implement structural, vegetative and/or associated upland restoration practices on eligible land.

Deadline

8/3/2020

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

Unclear

Emergent Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergent Fund supports strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. They look to fund projects that support community development through long-term economic or social justice.

Deadline

Year Round

Farmer CSA Mini-Grants

Grant

Private

/ Kauai

Grant/Loan Information

Malama Kauai is distributing $500 rapid-release mini-grants to farmers who are launching or expanding CSAs with multiple pickup points or home delivery options to kupuna.

Deadline

TBD

B&I Loan Guarantee Program

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

B&I loan guarantees support business and employment in rural areas by strengthening the private credit market through federal guarantees on business loans, which helps businesses receive loans that they might not qualify for. Projects that receive loan guarantees must provide employment and improve the economic or environmental climate.

Deadline

9/15/2021 or until funds are depleted

FSA’s Disaster Set-Aside Loan Provision

Loan

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Farmers with USDA farm loans who have been affected by COVID-19 can have their next payment set aside. The set-aside payment’s due date would be moved to the final maturity date of the loan or extended up to 12 months (for annual operating loans). USDA has also announced additional farm loan, commodity loan, and crop insurance flexibilities. To view these announcements, click here.

Deadline

TBD

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grants

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Two SARE programs are currently open: 

•Professional Development Grant Program (PDGP) 

This grant program focuses on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $100,000. 

•Research to Grassroots Grant Program (R2GP) 

Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $75,000.

Deadline

11/11/2020, 11/18/2020

Emergency Resilience Loan Program

Loan

Local

/ Hawaii

Grant/Loan Information

Financial counseling, loans up to $2,500 for individual workers, and loans up to $5,000 for self-employed persons are available to asset limited, income constrained, employed residents who reside on Hawaii Island and have lost income due to COVID-19.

Deadline

TBD

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 habitat, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility.

Deadline

Year Round

Agricultural Management Assistance Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The 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 their farming operations.

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

FSA Livestock Forage Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to assist commercial ranchers that have suffered grazing losses due to a qualifying drought during the normal country grazing period. Livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage are eligible.

Deadline

Unclear

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

Reimagine Workforce Preparation Grants Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Grant funds may be used to:

•Develop and implement short-term education and training programs and/or career pathways programs.

•Cultivate entrepreneurship by supporting the development of small business incubators located on the campuses of, or developed in association with, colleges and universities. These incubators provide, among other things, short-term educational and training programs or continuing education courses to help entrepreneurs establish and grow their businesses.

Deadline

7/13/2020

Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant aims to help disadvantaged groups develop the capacity to implement plans and undertake projects to improve economic and social conditions. 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

Note that the cooperative or center can be located in any area, but the groups assisted must be located in an eligible rural area.

Deadline

8/10/2020

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) provides financial assistance to producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish due to disease, certain adverse weather events, and loss conditions. It also provides assistance for livestock feed and grazing losses.

Deadline

12/31/2020

ReFED COVID-19 Waste Solutions Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund provides $50,000 grants to quickly deliver vital funding to organizations that can rapidly scale food waste reduction and hunger relief efforts.

Deadline

Rolling Basis

Sea Grant Research Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This program provides up to $250,0000 grants to support broad, non-proprietary research to address critical gaps in aquaculture economics and market needs that can be made available to US aquaculture businesses and management agencies.The goal is to advance business management to develop a sustainable marine aquaculture industry. Proposals should address geographic/topical needs and fully integrate research, extension, and education.

Deadline

7/14/2020

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

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

This fund provides $20,000-$200,000 grants to innovative food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to fresh, healthy food in underserved areas. Technical assistance is also available to selected eligible organizations in the early stages of food retail or enterprise project planning. Applicants not selected for the grant program may be selected to apply for or receive technical assistance.

Deadline

Letter of Interest is due on July 10, 2020

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers with impacted prices and market supply chains. These funds can be used to support adjustment, additional marketing costs, and short-term oversupply. Farms of all sizes and markets that suffered losses of at least 5% are eligible to apply, including crops, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops. See this fact sheet for more information.

Deadline

8/28/2020

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

Grant

Private

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund offers $1,000-$2,500 grants to organic producers suffering from extreme financial losses. Producers must have certified organic operations and evidence of documentation.

Deadline

11/20/2020

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

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

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Grant

Federal

/ Nationwide

Grant/Loan Information

Organic producers and handlers can receive reimbursement for the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification up to $750. There are two organic certification cost share programs: 1) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP), available to producers and handlers 2) Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program, available to certified organic crop and livestock operators

Deadline

10/31/2020

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