Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced several grant funding opportunities available at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
“Each year, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture offers a number of grant funding opportunities to support farmers, restaurants, and research institutions,” Quarles said. “As we work to support small businesses and farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, producers may find these grant opportunities beneficial to their operations.”
The Buy Local program provides incentives to participating restaurants and other food service businesses to purchase and use Kentucky Proud products for their customers. The program offers participants compensation of 15% on the cost of eligible Kentucky Proud farm food up to $8,000 per year or a maximum of $36,000. For local and in-app purchase instructions, go to kyproud.com/buylocal.
The Farm to Fork program provides incentives for local organizations to host dinners that showcase local farms, growers, producers and Kentucky Proud products while benefiting from a local charitable organization. This cost-participation scholarship reimburses an approved applicant for up to 50% (not more than $500) of food purchases from Kentucky farm sources and/or promotional expenses for Kentucky Proud themed events. Visit kyagr.com/marketing/farm-to-fork.html.
The Kentucky Proud Scholarship awards members up to 50% of eligible future advertising and marketing expenditures and reach consumers at the point of purchase to promote agricultural products with a direct impact on a Kentucky farm. Grants are limited to 10% of the applicant’s reported direct Kentucky farm impact of up to $8,000 per year or a lifetime cap of $36,000. Visit kyagr.com/marketing/grants.html.
The Crop Specialized Grant Program is a federal grant program designed to support specialty crops in agriculture. Applicants must describe how the projects will impact and produce measurable results for the specialty crop industry and/or the public.
In addition to 501(c)(3) nonprofits and parastatal entities, small business owners and privately owned businesses are also eligible to apply. All projects are subject to availability of funds. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture will not award grant money to projects that only benefit a specific commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, organization, or individual. The deadline for the 2022 Specialized Farms Crop Grant Fund Concept proposals is March 1, 2022.
KDA receives grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the Specialty Crop Grant Program and conducts an annual competitive application process to award grant funds. Visit kyagr.com/marketing/crop-block-grant.html.