There are several grants available to improve the business of farming. These grants can be used to fund the construction of housing and other facilities as well as educational training and programs to improve farm management and business skills. Grant programs have requirements applicants must meet to qualify. Grant amounts may be dispersed on a formula basis and recipient may be required to match a percentage of the financial award.
Farm Business Management And Benchmarking
The Department of Agriculture sponsors the Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Grant. This program provides grants to improve farm management and agriculture producer skills. These grants also will establish and maintain a financial management database for improved farmer support. Eligible applicants include colleges and universities, private organizations, national laboratories and individuals. For more information, contact: USDA NIFA National Program Leader Economic and Community Systems (ECS) 1400 Independence Avenue SW STOP 2215 Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Telephone: (202) 720-7947 www.nifa.usda.gov
Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants
The Farm Labor Housing Loans and Grants program provides financial assistance for the development of decent housing and related facilities for farm workers. These grants can be used to construct, repair or purchase housing for yearlong or seasonal occupation by farm laborers. Funds also can be used to build support facilities such as laundromats, day-care centers, dining facilities and small infirmaries. Eligible applicants include state and tribal agencies, public and private nonprofit organizations and organizations of farm workers. Recipients must match 10 percent of the grant amount. For more information, contact: Multi-Family Housing Processing Division Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture Washington, DC 20250 Telephone: (202) 720-1604 www.rurdev.usda.gov
Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grants Program
Sponsored by the Department of Agriculture, the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Competitive Grant Program provides financial awards to help train and educate new farmers and ranchers. These grants will support programs such as apprenticeships, internships, entrepreneurship and business training, financial-management training, risk-management training and environmental compliance. Eligible applicants include state, local and tribal networks, private and public entities, community and non-governmental-based organizations and colleges and universities. Recipients must match 25 percent of the grant amount. Grants cannot be used for the construction or renovation of buildings or facilities. For more information, contact: USDA, NIFA, National Program Leader, Economic and Community Systems or Competitive Programs 1400 Independence Avenue SW STOP 2215 or STOP 2240 Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Telephone: (202) 690-3162 www.nifa.usda.gov