Specific Grants

FSA Livestock Forage Program

The Livestock Forage Disaster Program provides payments to assist livestock owners that have suffered grazing losses due to a qualifying drought during the normal country grazing period. Livestock owners and contract growers who have covered livestock and who are also producers of grazed forage crop acreage are eligible.

•Producers must be commercial ranchers.
•Producers have to provide inventory as of 1/1/2020 and have had the land and cattle 60 days prior to this date.
•If the producer hasn’t participated with the FSA, additional forms will need to be completed.
•If the producer is a sub-lessee of Department off Hawaiian Home Lands, they will need to have a Third Party Grazing/Planting Agreement.
•A producer will need a valid lease to show that he/she has control of the parcel.
•If a new producer will be applying, they will be charged a late acreage filing fee. Fee depends on the acreage and where the ranch is located.
•There is an initial charge of $46 plus $16 per hour (1 hour minimum).
For more information, eligibility, and livestock payment rates, see here.

To access a livestock inventory sheet, please click here. For questions, please schedule an appointment with Debbie.

She can be reached here:
Debbie Jitchaku
Program Technician
PO Box 845
Hilo, HI 96721
Phone: (808) 933-8340
Fax: 1-855-356-9492

More information will come out soon, so please sign up for updates here.

The Red Backpack Fund

The Red Backpack Fund will make 1,000 grants of $5,000 to female entrepreneurs to help alleviate the immediate needs and support the long-term recovery of those impacted by COVID-19. All receipients will also receive a free annual All-Access Pass to all 80+ MasterClass instructors, including Sara Blakely’s class on entrepreneurship, to provide mentorship during this time. To access FAQs, click here.

For more information, click here. Future rounds open on 6/1, 7/6, and 8/3. To receive notifications when the application reopens, click here.

Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program

Up to $500,000 grants will be awarded to any U.S. organization, government or private, with a demonstrated role or interest in exporting U.S. agricultural specialty crops.

The TASC program is designed to assist U.S. organizations by providing funding for projects that seek to remove, resolve, or mitigate existing or potential sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops.

The TASC program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation.
For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/26/2020

Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN)

The Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) connects farmers, ranchers, and other agriculture-related occupation individuals to stress assistance programs.

Collaborative state, localm or regionally-based networks, or partnerships of qualified public and/or private entities can apply.
For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/23/2020 For questions, contact:
Brent Elrod
National Program Leader
Division of Family & Consumer Services
(816) 926-2535

NOAA Assistance

NOAA Assistance is available for commercial, charter, and subsistence fisheries, aquaculture, processors, fishery-related businesses. Business must be able to show harm greater than 35% loss of revenue compared to last year’s 5-year average, while subsistence, cultural and ceremonial fisheries only need to show negative impacts.

As of May 7, $300M in fisheries assistance under the CARES act was allocated to states with coastal and marine fisheries. Hawaii was allocated a little over $4.3M.

State marine fisheries management agencies are working on how to distribute this funding. It is expected that this funding will be disbursed quickly than fishery disaster assistance funds because it does not require a declaration of a fishery disaster and can be awarded on a rolling basis.
Fore more information, click here or here. NOAA is still determining the logistics, and an update will be out soon.

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)

The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) provides financial assistance to producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish due to disease, certain adverse weather events,and loss conditions. It also provides assistance for livestock feed and grazing losses. To access the program fact sheet, click here.

For more information, click here. Deadline:12/31/2020

Malama Kauai CSA Mini-Grants

Malama Kauai is distributing $500 rapid-release mini-grants to farmers who are launching or expanding CSAs with multiple pickup points or home delivery options. For more information and to apply, click here.

Sustainable Agriculture Grants

SARE, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, offers grants to fund research and education projects that advance sustainable agricultural practices.

Farmers and ranchers, researchers, extension agents and other educators, and graduate students can apply.
Two SARE programs are currently open: Professional Development Grant Program This grant program focuses on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. PDP Grants are limited to $100,000. Grants can run for up to three years, with the final year to be focused on project evaluation. For more information about the professional development grant program, click here. Deadline: November 11, 2020 Research to Grassroots Grant Program These grants are built on the SARE concept that results of applied research are used to train agricultural professionals and producers in the latest principles of sustainable agriculture. Successful R2GR projects will take the research results from previously funded SARE projects and bring those results into the field through education to ag professionals and producers. The maximum for each project's funding is $75,000. For more information about the research to grassroots grant program, click here. Deadline: November 18, 2020 For more information about SARE, click here.

To see previously funded SARE projects in Hawaii, click here. For documents you will need to manage received grants, click here. For grant writing webinars specific to each SARE program, click here. For instructions and documents you will need to apply, click here. For questions about SARE, contact:
Jensen Uyeda
University of Hawaii at Manoa
910 California Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786

Sharon Wages Motomura
University of Hawaii - Manoa
875 Komohana Street
Hilo, HI 96720

New Market Grants

Emerging Markets Program

Up to $500,000 grants will be awarded to any U.S. private or government entity with a demonstrated role or interest in the export of U.S. agricultural commodities. The EMP assists U.S. entities in developing, maintaining, or expanding exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products by funding activities that enhance emerging markets’ food and rural business systems, including reducing trade barriers. The EMP is intended primarily to support export market development efforts of the private sector, but EMP resources may also be used to assist public organizations. The EMP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation. For more information, click here. Deadline: 6/26/2020

Federal State Marketing Improvement Plan

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) offers grants with a one-to-one dollar match to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system.

•Only state agencies or universities can apply, but can partner with industry groups, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
•Proposals should benefit multiple agricultural producers and agribusinesses.
To view a short video overview of this program, click here.

For more information, click here. Organizations or individuals interested in the FSMIP should contact their state department of agriculture for more information.

Reimbursement Transportation Cost Program

The RTCP can partially reimburse costs for transporting agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce agricultural commodities. To learn which commodities are eligible and how much you can receive, click here. For more information, click here.

Other Grants

Agricultural Management Assistance Program

The Agricultural Management Assistance Program provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control. For more details, click here. To apply, contact your local USDA service center. Directories can be found here.

The Emergent Fund

The Emergent Fund supports strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions. They look to fund projects that support community development through long-term economic or social justice. To see previous grantee projects, click here.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here, register as an organization, and submit a draft proposal to the Emergent Fund.

For questions on how to register through the JustFund portal, email

For questions specific to the Emergent Fund, email

Omidyar Network COVID-19 Economic Response Advocacy Fund

The Omidyar Network COVID-19 economic Response Advocacy Fund offers 501c4 funding to national, state, and local advocacy and organizing efforts to address the immediate toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on working people while reshaping economic structures to ensure vulnerable populations are less vulnerable in the future.

There is no limit to funding requests, though funds must be used in the next 12-15 months. Applications are on a rolling basis.

They are looking to help fund ongoing projects that fix structural economic problems that make working people vulnerable. Examples of projects might be:

•Organizations conducting advocacy related directly to the needs of working people, small businesses, or other constituencies central to our reimagining capitalism program
•Advocacy work tied to an existing campaign, program, or organizational priority (i.e., not something that is just getting underway)
•Organizations that have the financial capacity to accepts and spend 501c4 dollars and are able to do their proposed advocacy work (i.e. financial stability)
•Advocacy work that seeks to restructure the economy, either through the organization’s long-term strategy or mission OR through the organization’s strategic communications workand
•Organizations coordinating with a coalition of other groups on a specific policy fight related to reshaping the economy
For more information, click here. To apply, click here. (password is “advocacy”) Deadline: Funding awarded on a rolling basis.

EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs

There are two programs that applicants can receive funding from under the EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program:

1) The EDA’s Public Works program, which helps distressed communities build, design, or engineer critical infrastructure and facilities to promote economic development and regional prosperity. Examples of past Public Works projects have supported high-tech shipping and logistics facilities, workforce training facilities, business incubators and accelerators, and technology-based facilities.

2) The EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance program, which accepts applications for projects in rural and urban areas that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects. These projects are meant to provide resources to communities experiencing or anticipating economic dislocations to plan and implement specific solutions to leverage existing regional economic advantages to support economic development and job creation. Examples of this type of funding might include funding to a city to support the construction of an industrial facility to house early-stage businesses.

•District organizations, state/county/city/other state political subdivisions, institutions of higher education, and public/private non-profit organizations in cooperation with state officials may apply. Individuals and for-profit entities may not apply.
•There is a cost sharing/matching requirement that varies on the region’s unemployment rate. To view this requirement, please click here.

•In order to apply, applicants must be in regions of distress, and must meet one of the following criteria:
•an unemployment rate of at least 1% greater than the national average (for the most recent 24-month period that there is data available)
•per capita income that is 80% or less of the national average
•special need (determined by the EDA)
For more information, please click here. For more information about EDA programs, contact:
Herbert Thweatt
(808) 541-3391

Rural Economic Development Loan & Grant Program

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program provides funding for rural projects through local utility organizations. USDA provides zero-interest loans to local utilities which they, in turn, pass through to local businesses (ultimate recipients) for projects that will create and retain employment in rural areas. The ultimate recipients repay the lending utility directly. The utility then is responsible for repayment to USDA. USDA provides grants to local utility organizations which use the funding to establish Revolving Loan Funds (RLF). Loans are made from the revolving loan funds to projects that will create or retain rural jobs. When the revolving loan fund is terminated, the grant is repaid to USDA. Former Rural Utilities Service borrowers who borrowed, repaid or pre-paid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan, nonprofit utilities that are eligible to receive assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs, and current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication Programs borrowers may apply. Applications are accepted year-round. For more information, click here. To apply, work with your USDA Rural Development Office. Brenda Iokepa-Moses State Director (808) 933-8305

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative- Education and Workforce Development

The AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program provides grants for research, extension, and integrated research as well as education and/or extension projects. These projects must fall within the six AFRI priority areas to advance knowledge in both fundamental and applied sciences important to agriculture. The six priority areas are: 1) Plant Health and Production and Plant Products 2) Animal Health and Production and Animal Products 3) Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health 4) Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment 5) Agriculture Systems and Technology 6) Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities For-profit organizations, small businesses, nonprofits, institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. For more information, please click here. Deadline: November 18, 2020

Food Access/Waste Grants

ReFED COVID-19 Waste Solutions Fund

The ReFED COVID-19 Food Waste Solutions Fund provides $50,000 grants to quickly deliver vital funding to organizations that can rapidly scale food waste reduction and hunger relief efforts.

Application is very short and will be accepted on a rolling basis.
For more information and to apply, click here.

For questions, email: Deadline: Grants awarded on a rolling basis.

Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project

The Community Compost and Food Waste Reduction Project provides up to $90,000 for cooperative agreement proposals that will:
1) generate compost
2) increase access to compost for agricultural producers
3) reduce reliance on, and limit the use of, fertilizer
4) improve soil quality
5) encourage waste management and permaculture business development
6) increase rainwater absorption
7) reduce municipal food waste
8) divert food waste from landfills.

•Projects must be 2 years in duration.
•Requires 25% match of total project costs.
•Local governments can apply. However, local government are required to collaborate with multiple partners such as public or private, nonprofit or for-profit entities, academic institutions, and other appropriate professionals, community-based organizations, and local government entities.

Priority will be given to an application for a CCFWR pilot project that:
1) Anticipates or demonstrates economic benefits
2) Incorporates plans to make compost easily accessible to agricultural producers, including community gardeners;
3) Integrates other food waste strategies, including food recovery efforts
4) Collaborates with multiple partners.
For more specific eligibility information and how to apply, click here.
To access FAQs, click here. To view informative slides from the webinar, click here. To view the full program announcement, click here. For further questions about this specific program, contact: Annie Ceccarini Program Analyst Phone: (202) 577-7462 Email: Deadline: 6/26/2020

America’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative Targeted Small Grants Program

This fund provides $20,000-$200,000 grants to innovative food retail and food system enterprises that seek to improve access to fresh, healthy food in underserved areas. Businesses, nonprofits, cooperatives, and state and local governments and agencies are eligible to apply. Technical assistance is also available to selected eligible organizations in the early stages of food retail or enterprise project planning. Applicants not selected for the grant program may be selected to apply for or receive technical assistance. Deadline: Letter of Interest is due on July 10, 2020 To access the RFA, click here. For more information, and to apply, click here. For questions about the program, please email: or call (215) 574-5862

National Farm to School Network COVID-19 Relief Fund

$5,000-$10,000 grants available to provide relief to schools, early care and education sites, farmers and producers, families, and/or others in the farm-to-school community impacted by COVID-19. Funds can be used to purchase and distribute local food, increase local food access, or provide gardening and local foods educational resources to open ECE sites/home learning environments. 501(c)3 nonprofits, private foundations, and public charities; government entities; fiscally sponsored organizations; 501(c)4 social welfare organizations; incorporated organizations with exemption pending; other organizations with qualifying tax status are eligible to apply. To access the application, click here. Questions: Email Deadline: 7/6/2020

Organic Grants

EQIP Organic Initiative

The EQIP Organic Initiative provides financial and technical assistance to organic producers through contracts up to ten years.

Producers must have a USDA National Organic Program Organic Certificate, proof of good standing from a USDA accredited certifying agent, and sell less than $5,000 a year in organic agricultural products or are looking to transition to organic.
For more information and eligibility, click here. To apply, click here.

For further questions, contact:
Chad Cherefko
Assistant Director for Programs
Natural Resources Conservation Services
Phone: (808) 600-2959

Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund

The Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund offers $1,000-$2,500 grant to organic producers suffering from extreme financial losses. Producers must have certified organic operations and evidence of documentation.

Grantees must submit a progress report six months after receiving a grant.
For more information and to apply, click here. Deadline: 11/20/2020

Organic Certification Cost Share Program

Organic producers and handlers can receive reimbursement for the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification.

These programs can cover up to 75% of certification costs, up to $750.

There are two organic certification cost share programs:

1) National Organic Certification Cost Share Program (NOCCSP)
•Available to producers and handlers

2) Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost Share Program
•Available to certified organic crop and livestock operators
For more information, click here. To learn more, contact your local Farm Service Agency office. Click here for the FSA directory by county.

For more organic farming resources, click here.

Certified Naturally Grown Grassroots Fund

The Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) Grassroots Fund offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

This fund waives the minimum $150 dues for CNG certification.

Priority is given to farmers who:
• are in their first three years of operation, or
• are facing unusual hardship like extreme weather, physical injury, recent job loss
• have a track record of meeting CNG requirements in a timely manner (for returning members)
• will benefit from certification
• are recommended by other CNG farmers
• are willing to promote CNG in their local community

To apply, click here.

Agroforestry Grants

USDA National Agroforestry Center Grants

The USDA National Agroforestry Center Grants offers funding for two types of programs:

Planning Projects
The purpose of Planning Projects is to support the development of projects that will either initiate or build upon or expand the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, and other stakeholders in urban areas and suburbs.

Implementation Projects
The purpose of Implementation Projects is to accelerate existing and emerging models of urban, indoor, and other agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners.
For more information, click here. Note:
A webinar on 6/3/2020 from 2-4 EDT will provide an overview of each grant's purpose, project types, eligibility, and basic requirements to submit an application. Register here.

For further questions, contact:
Richard Straight or Kate MacFarland or
Technology Transfer Leader
US Forest Service Deadline: 7/6/2020

Conservation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

The purpose of Conservation Innovation Grants is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in agricultural production.
Funds can be used for field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of conservation related activities.
For more information, click here. Note:
There is a webinar for interested applicants on May 13, 2020 at 3pm EDT. Access the webinar through this link here.

To apply, click here.

For further questions, contact:
Melanie Krizmanich
Phone: (202) 572-5805 Deadline: 6/29/2020

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, increased soil health and reduced soil erosion and sedimentation, improved or created wildlife habitat, and mitigation against increasing weather volatility. For more information, click here. To apply, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office. Directories found here.

Emergency Conservation Program

The Emergency Conservation Program provides emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and to implement emergency water conservation measures in periods of severe drought. Cost-share payments are: •Up to 75 percent of the cost to implement approved restoration practices •Up to 90 percent if limited resource producers •Limited to $200,000 per person or legal entity per disaster For more information, click here.

To learn about ECP sign-up periods, check with your local FSA office. A directory can be found here.


Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers with impacted prices and market supply chains. These funds can be used to support adjustment, additional marketing costs, and short-term oversupply.

Farms of all sizes and markets that suffered losses of at least 5% are eligible to apply, including crops, livestock, dairy, and specialty crops.

Even if you have applied/received assistance from EIDL and/or PPP, you ARE still eligible for CFAP!

Specialty crop producers new to the USDA direct payment process are especially encouraged to apply!

USDA evaluated commodity specific losses occurring during the January to April time frame for immediate assistance. In addition, near-term adjustment costs and supply disruptions over the next few months were also evaluated to the extent possible for sectors where prices have declined significantly for additional assistance.

Note: FSA programs are not first come, first serve.

There are two funding sources in CFAP:
1) CARES Act: Compensation for losses between mid-January to mid-April 2020, either from price declines or for spoiled specialty crops
2) Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act: Compensation for producers due to ongoing market disruptions
The CFAP application and payment combines CARES Act and CCC funds, though payments will be tracked by type of funding. This means that if you receive funding from each of these programs under CFAP, the USDA will track these funds separately.

Specialty Crops
•A list of eligible specialty crops can be found here.
•To be eligible, applicants must have a 5% or more reduction in sales price between the average for the week of 1/13-1/17 and the average for the week of 4/6-4/10.
•Total payment is based on the volume production sold between 1/15/2020-4/15/2020, the volume of production shipped but unpaid, and the number of acres of production that did not leave the farm/was destroyed/not harvested and could not be sold
•Payments will be based on sales volume during this timeframe multiplied by per-specified payment rate of 80% of the crops’ price change
•For crops that were shipped but spoiled, payments will be based on the volume of these crops times a pre-specified payment rate of 30% of the crops’ sales value
•For products that have not left the farm/mature crops that were unharvested between 1/15-4/15/2020 and will not be sold, payments will be based on the volume of these crops times a pre-specified payment rate of 5.875% of the crops’ value

•Cattle, lambs, yearlings, hogs
•Payment is the sum of the producer’s number of livestock sold between 1/15/2020-4/15/2020 multiplied by the payment rates per head plus the highest inventory number of livestock between 4/16-5/14/2020 multiplied by the payment rates per head

•Payment is based on a producer’s certification of milk production for the first calendar year 2020 multiplied by 80% of the national price decline during the same quarter plus a national adjustment of 1.014 to each producer’s production in the first quarter to account for increased production in the second quarter multiplied by 25% of the decline in prices as determined by the USDA during the first quarter of the 2020 calendar year

Non-Specialty Crops and Wool
•Malting barley, canola, corn, upland cotton, millet, oats, soybeans, sorghum, sunflowers, durum wheat, hard red spring wheat, wool
•Payments made on inventory held subject to price risk on 1/15/2020
•Payments are 50% of producer’s 2019 total production OR 2019 inventory as of 1/15/2020 (whichever is less) times the commodity’s applicable payment rates

Additional Notes:
•Adjusted gross income cannot be more than $900,000 unless 75% or more of income comes from farming, ranching, or forests-related activities.
•Producers must be in compliance with Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation provisions.

•The maximum payment is $250,000 per person/entity for all commodities combined.
•If you are a corporation, LLC, or limited partnership, you may qualify for more payment if members actively provide at least 400 hours of active personal labor/management for the operation (if so, then the corporate entity can receive up to $500,000 or $750,000, respectively)

•Eggs/layers are not eligible for CFAP.

•If your crop is not on the eligible list but have still suffered a 5%+ price decline between 1/2020-4/2020 and have additional marketing costs because of COVID-19, you can submit comments to provide information about additional commodities. USDA particularly wants to obtain information about nursery products, cut flowers, and aquaculture products. These commodities are not currently eligible for CFAP at the moment, but will be made eligible later in a Notice of Funding Availability. 4% of the CFAP budget ($637M) is for additional commodities identified through this process.

Important Dates:
Applications close on 8/28/2020.
Producers will receive 80% of their maximum total payment upon application approval. The remaining 20% will be paid at a later date if funds remain available. For more information, click here.

To view FAQs (as of 5/14/2020), click here.
To access the CFAP payment calculator, click here. Note that those who use the online calculator tool will be able to print a pre-filled CFAP application, sign it, and submit it to their local FSA office either electronically or via hand delivery through an office drop box.

For detailed information and applicable payment rates for various commodities (page 33-35), click here. Application forms are available now! To access, click here.

As part of applying for the program, you’ll need to contact your FSA county office at your local USDA Service Center to schedule an appointment.

Your local FSA staff will assist you with the application over the phone. To contact your county FSA representative, click here. For an "at-a-glance" infographic, click here.

More Notes:
•Please do not send any personal information to USDA without first initiating contact through a phone call.
•The application will not require an acreage report, and your USDA farm number may not be needed immediately.

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