The Kentucky State University Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families (KSU-CSFF) Small Scale Farm Grant Program was developed to support the expansion of certain types of agriculture in Kentucky, especially among underserved groups. Grant funding decisions are based upon the future impact expected on the production and sales of Kentucky-grown and Kentucky-raised farm products.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A SMALL-SCALE FARM GRANT?:
- A Kentucky farm producing agricultural products for sale to the public with gross annual agricultural sales greater than $500 and below $150,000 in the previous 2 years. This is a self-declaration, but must be verifiable.
- Farmers formally and actively seeking organic certification with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
- Small-scale, limited-resource farmers looking to improve the marketability of their agricultural products by a value-added process.
- Kentucky-based, formal, non-governmental organizations, and cooperatives that serve multiple Kentucky farms or producers (farm/producer names must be provided and verifiable).
- The following are encouraged to apply: limited-resource farmers (household income of less than $23,000/year); small acreage/urban producers; female farmers; minority farmers; young/novice farmers; and farmers and producers in the 77 food insecure counties and/or the 54 Appalachian counties. (Find map at this link: www.fns.usda.gov/tags/food-desert-locator)
The 1st day of every other month in 2018 (February, April, June, August, October, December) and in 2019 (February, April, June, and August) or until funds run out.
There are five priority areas for the Small Scale Farm Grant:
- Aquaculture/Aquaponics – Food production; vegetable and/or fish production (e.g. aerators, pumps, tanks, harvesting equipment, liners, etc.)
- Certified Organic Agriculture (documentation of certified or transitional status is required) – Production-related implements, equipment, or supplies (e.g., broadfork, walk behind implements, plastic mulch, irrigation lines, etc.)
- Value-Added Enterprise – Changing of raw agricultural products to a new product of increased market value (e.g. milk to cheese or lotions, grains to bread, etc.)
- Food Insecure Area Production (must operate in one or more of the 77 eligible counties) – Addresses one or more of the following: agroforestry, apiculture, hydroponics, poultry/eggs, small ruminants (ex. cattle, goats), other.
- Farmer Education Assistance – Covers associated costs (e.g., workshops/conferences, online trainings, reference materials, mileage to and from events at $0.41/mile, etc.) to acquire relevant agricultural knowledge. We do not reimburse the cost of fuel or meals. A separate application is required for this category.