Grants & Funding Opportunities
Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA is accepting applications now through September 11, 2020
Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19. Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation. Visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap for more information.
UPDATE: The USDA has announced that maple sap for maple syrup is now eligible for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program as an eligible commodity under the Specialty Crops category.
Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP)
FSA is accepting applications now through October 31, 2020
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for eligible certification expenses paid between Oct. 1, 2019, and Sept. 30, 2020, are due Oct. 31, 2020.
Labor Ready Farmer Project - Funding Available
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.
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