the application. (The application consists of both short answer and essay
questions and requires veterans to submit a business plan.)
for the award announcements in April.
A webinar to review the application followed by a
Q&A session will be held Wednesday, February 13 at 2:30 p.m. PST.
Registration is limited to the first 500 participants, but a recording will be
posted to the Fellowship web page after it’s completed. To register, go to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8095158054240674827.
The USDA is making available approximately $30 million in funding for agricultural producers, including beginning farmers, to implement value-added enterprises. The information about applying for the grant is available in the Notice of Funding Opportunity but a few highlights:
The maximum award per grant is $250,000 for working capital and $75,000 for planning activities;
The grant requires a one-to-one match. In other words, for every dollar of grant funds, the applicant must provide a dollar in matching funds;
Funding priorities are available for beginning, socially disadvantaged, operators of small and medium-sized farms and ranches structured as family farms or ranches, farmer or rancher cooperatives, and projects proposing to develop a Mid-Tier Value Chain (definitions can be found here);
Applications are due July 7, 2015 with an anticipated start date of September 30, 2015; and
Projects can be up to 36 months, depending upon complexity.
We’ve previously discussed value added grants; however, the Notice of Funding Opportunity is for fiscal year 2015.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us — we’re always here to help!
As a reminder, SARE’s Farmer/Rancher Grants are due November 20, 2014. The grants are up to $7,500 for an individual, $15,000 for partners, and $22,5000 for a group. Projects may last up to 22 months and approximately 50 projects are funded each year.