Grants & Funding Opportunities

Ongoing Funding Opportunities:  

New York State COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program

The NYS COVID-19 Pandemic Small Business Recovery Grant Program provides flexible grant assistance to currently viable small businesses, micro-businesses and for-profit independent arts and cultural organizations which have experienced economic hardship due the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizations must be currently viable and have begun operation on or before March 1, 2019, and continue to be in operation as of the date of application (may be shuttered due to COVID restrictions). Grant awards will be calculated based on a business’ annual gross receipts for 2019.

 

For information visit https://nysmallbusinessrecovery.com/

Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: June 21, 2021

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) funds projects that develop, coordinate and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Grants can be used for the planning stages of establishing or expanding a local and regional food business enterprise or to improve or expand a food business that supports locally and regionally produced agricultural products and food system infrastructure by performing feasibility studies, market research, training and technical assistance  for the business enterprise and/or for producers working with the business enterprise. A 10 % or a 25% match is required.

 

Eligible entities may apply if they support local and regional food business enterprises that process, distribute, aggregate, or store locally or regionally produced food products.

 

All applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated and located within the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands to be considered eligible.

 

Entities that are eligible to apply include:

  • Agricultural businesses and cooperatives.

  • Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) networks and associations.

  • Food councils.

  • Economic development corporations.

  • Local governments.

  • Nonprofit and public benefit corporations.

  • Producer networks or associations.

  • Regional farmers’ market authorities.

  • Tribal governments.

 

Additional Information

Small Business Association (SBA) Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF) Accepting Applications Deadline: Rolling

The SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) provides qualifying businesses with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss of at least $1,000 and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. Farms where a significant portion of the gross revenue (33%) comes from on-site sales of food and beverages to the public may also be eligible. Wineries, breweries and distilleries that sell directly to the public are eligible for this program.

 

Learn more at 

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund

Labor Ready Farmer Project - Funding Available

Deadline: Rolling
The Cornell Small Farms Program, through the Labor Ready Farmer project, has grant funding available to offer one-on-one technical assistance to beginning farmers, including next generation farmers on family farms, on different labor and workforce management needs. This "Smart Farming Team" grant funding is available for up to 20 eligible farms.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis

For additional grant information please contact Nicole Waters at 607-255-9911 or nw42@cornell.edu.

Click Here for Application

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USDA Grants and Loans that Support Farm to School Activities

​Funding from the US Department of Agriculture is available to assist farms, schools and every link in between feeding kids healthy, local meals; teaching them about food, farming and nutrition; and supporting local agricultural economies.

For more information click here