The following financial support opportunities have been announced recently:
American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program
The primary goal of the American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program is to ensure improved understanding of and equitable participation in the full range of USDA programs and services among underserved far
mers, ranchers, forest landowners and operators through supporting the organizational delivery of technical assistance projects and establishment of technical assistance networks. USDA is authorized to support and facilitate the establishment of
USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Signups for 2022 technical assistance projects toward this goal. Projects must provide a range of technical assistance services to underserved agricultural producers. The term “agricultural producer” is used to refer to agricultural farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners and operators. Application deadline: June 1. For more information, see the American Rescue Plan Technical Assistance Investment Program funding announcement.
Monetary incentives exist for agricultural producers and landowners who may sign upfor the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a cornerstone conservation program offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and a key tool in the Biden-Harris Administration effort to address climate change and achieve other natural resource benefits. The open period for the General CRP signup will run from Jan. 31 to March 11, and the Grassland CRP signup will run from April 4 to May 13. For more information, click here.
Fresno Asian Business Institute and Resource Center
In 2021, ABIRC was fortunate enough to have received grant dollars from and partner with Mandela Partners, who obtained these dollars from California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). These funds are a part of what is known as the California Underserved and Small Producer (CUSP) program, which aims to uplift and support small scale farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance and financial assistance. Applications for Round 2 end on April 30. For more information, click here.
Covid19 Response Loans authorized through section 1001 of the American Rescue Plan Act
The Food Supply Chain Guaranteed Loan Program provides financial support to qualified lenders whose loan applicants want to start or expand middle of the food supply chain activities such as aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesale, or distribution of food. The program’s goal is to increase capacity and help create a more resilient, diverse, and secure U.S. food supply chain. Further information on the availablilty of these loans locally will be posted here soon. Read a Fact Sheet here.
This fund aims to provide grants of up to $5,000 directly to farmers and ranchers who are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and/or women. As of November 2021, applications are now being accepted and awards will be distributed until available funds are expended. The grant guidelines can be found here Brighter Future Fund Guidelines and the Application Link is here.
Sonoma County Impact Loan Fund
The Sonoma County Economic Development Board (EDB) offers micro-lending for start-up and expanding entrepreneurs in Sonoma County. EDB will connect qualified businesses with their lending partner, Working Solutions, specializing in smaller loans for people who may not qualify for a traditional business loan through a bank, credit union, or other lending agency. To learn more, click here.
Cost Share Assistance for becoming Certificed Organic
Cost is often a barrier to farmers' ability to get an organic certification. This new USDA program can help organic farmers get their certification by providing cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products for the costs of obtaining or maintaining organic certification under the USDA’s National Organic Program. Click here for more information
CalCAP loans for Small Businesses
The California Capital Access Program for Small Business (CalCAP SB or Program) encourages banks and other financial institutions to make loans to small businesses that have difficulty obtaining financing. A State financing authority provides loan insurance to encourage the financial institutions to make the loans to qualified small businesses. More information can be found at https://www.treasurer.ca.gov/cpcfa/calcap/sb/brochure.pdf
Specialty Crop Block Grant
The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) funds projects that enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. The SCBGP is designed to support all sectors of California's specialty crop industry and improve the performance of California specialty crops within local, domestic, national, and international markets. Farm and ranching businesses are eligible to apply--check back in 2022 for deadlines. Browse here for more information:https://www.grants.ca.gov/grants/2022-specialty-crop-block-grant-program/
Access to Capital through Mandela Partners
The California BIPOC Farmer and Land Steward Relief Fund was created to provide financial support for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color farmers and land stewards impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and CA wildfires. To learn more, click here.
The fund is managed by an eight-person collaborative of people of color representing the following organizations: Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, The Butterfly Movement, CA Tribal Fund/First Nations Development Institute, Kitchen Table Advisors, Mandela Partners, Orikaika Ventures, and Minnow.
El Fondo de Ayuda para Agricultores y Administradores de la Tierra de California BIPOC (por sus siglas en inglés) fue creado para brindar apoyo financiero a agricultores y administradores de la tierra negros, indígenas y de color afectados por la pandemia de COVID-19 y los incendios forestales de California.
El fondo es administrado por una colaboración de ocho personas de color que representa a las siguientes organizaciones: Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, The Butterfly Movement, CA Tribal Fund/First Nations Development Institute, Kitchen Table Advisors, Mandela Partners, Orikaika Ventures, and Minnow.
Direct Covid Relief Funding to Farmers
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has selected several organizations to assist with direct funding for Covid19 relief. Click on this link for a list of organizations: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/CUSP/pdfs/cusp_grant_program_final_grants.pdf
EXPIRED OR PAST DUE DATES (have the potential for recurring or potentially have internet slide decks of information)
This fund provides financial incentives to California growers and ranchers to implement conservation management practices that improve soil health. The application period is from November 21, 2021, through February 25, 2022, at 5 p.m. PT or until funds are expended. Planning and application support is available. Click here for more information.
This program provides financial assistance grants to implement irrigation systems that save water on California agricultural operations. Application is open until January 18, 2022, and is on a first-come, first-served basis based on meeting minimum score. Planning and application support is available. Click here for more information.
Farm of the Future, Sept 9th webinar
National Institute of Food & Agriculture program experts will host an informative Farm of the Future webinar September 9, at 3 p.m. CT. Farm of the Future is a competitive grant program to establish an agricultural test bed and demonstration site. It seeks to launch this rural test bed for precision agriculture, smart automation, data connectivity and transfer to demonstrate best practices in agriculture, forestry, and animal production systems that enhance sustainability and farm profitability. Register Here