Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

https://www.farmvetco.org/2019/01/17/2019-fellowship/

The Farmer Veteran Coalition has an exciting grant program that will be open for five weeks beginning February 1st, 2019 at 8 a.m. PST and closes on March 8th, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST.

What is in it for you?

The grant program will provide veterans with awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to make purchases to help with launching of their farm business.

What do you need to do?

  1. Go to the link posted on the Fellowship Fund page at www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship. between February 1st and March 8th, 2019.
  2. Complete the application. (The application consists of both short answer and essay questions and requires veterans to submit a business plan.)
  3. Submit Application.
  4. Wait for the award announcements in April.

Webinar

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.

Have any questions?

For eligibility and requirements, visit www.farmvetco.org/fvfellowship.

View a list of frequently asked questions by visiting www.farmvetco.org/fellowship/faq.

If you have any further questions you can call the Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Rural Response Hotline at 1-800-464-0258 or visit www.farmerandrancher.org.

To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit www.farmanswers.org, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program and www.usda.gov/newfarmers

Value-Added Producer Grants Now Open for Applications

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!

Farm Credit Services of America Grants

Farm Credit Services of America offers grants to projects and organizations that make a difference in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, or Wyoming.  The grants are focused upon:

  • Agriculture Education — this is education for youth, high school, university, general public, or producers specific to agriculture
  • Young and Beginning Producers — funding for projects or initiatives for the next generation of agriculture
  • Hunger and Nutrition — support for addressing food and hunger issues, enabling food production and providing a food source for needed populations and geographical areas

The maximum grant is $2,000.  Applications are considered quarterly; thus, applications for the current grant period are due December 31, 2014.  Applications may be made online here.

Feel free to take a look at the FCSA grant program — it may be just the grant you or your operation could need!