Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Agribusiness grants available

Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant
Deadline: On-Going
Funding Amount: Up to $12,000 per year; $1 for $1 match
Eligible Entities: Kentucky farmers and agribusinesses
Overview: The Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant is a cost share program to help Kentucky farmers and agribusinesses pay for advertising and marketing expenses. The award amount is based on 10% of direct farm impact; for a farmer it would be 10% of their total farm gross sales. The applicant must be a registered member of Kentucky Proud to apply and use the Kentucky Proud logo/brand in marketing efforts paid for with program funds. Examples of fundable items include TV ads, radio ads, web expenses, hats, t-shirts, demos, sampling, labels, packaging, tradeshows, UPC, and bar codes. 

Conservation Stewardship Program
Deadline: March 2, 2018
Award Amount: Minimum annual payment of $1500
Eligible Entities: Landowners in compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation requirements and have current farm records with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). 
Overview: The Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) works with landowners to build upon existing conservation efforts while continuing their farming practices. CSP recipients work with NRCS to develop a customized plan to increase productivity of their farm while protecting the value of the land. Some benefits producers have seen from the CSP are increased cattle gains per acre, increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife population increases, and better resilience to weather extremes.  

Leopold Conservation Award Program
Deadline: Nominations due by April 15, 2018
Award Amount: $10,000 award, one award in KY per year
Eligible Entities: Landowners
Link:  & link to applicationOverview: The Leopold Award is given annually to a conservation minded land-owner who has embraced practices to improve and sustain their land. The program is seeking nominations for the 2018 award. If you know someone that is a good fit, please pass their information along. 

The Home Depot Foundation - Community Impact Grants Program
Deadline: Now Open! Due by December 31, 2018
Funding Amount: Up to $5,000 in gift cards to purchase tools, materials, or services
Eligible Entities: Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations and tax-exempt public service agencies including schools
Overview: The Home Depot Foundation offers Community Impact Grants to provide support in the form of gift cards to use for projects in their local communities in various ways including community gardens. 

Please call us at 859-550-3972 or email with questions. KCARD's Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program is here to help!

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