In keeping with its mission to catalyze the success and resilience of regional agriculture and the regional food economy, Seed Capital Kentucky offers grants for technical assistance to farmers. Technical Assistance (TA) can be many things, but what is most important is that TA helps the farmer learn something new and increase their capacity to grow their businesses, increase sustainability, increase access to capital, or otherwise play a larger or more meaningful role in the food economy. Examples of technical assistance could include advice and support for such things as business and financial planning, crop planning, season extension, conversion to chemical-free growing practices, or adoption of good agricultural practices. General Guidelines Grants are specifically directed at farms that are positively impacting the regional food economy that has Louisville, Kentucky as its core. Eligibility At this time Technical Assistance grants are made to farmers only. Other food producers should reach out to KCARD, or look into the possibility of a Kiva Zip Loan; in addition to Seed Capital KY, Slow Money Kentucky is another regional trustee serving to endorse Kiva Zip loans. Farmers must be located within 150 mile radius of Louisville, Kentucky, and have annual income of less than $499,000. Applicants must have a technical assistance provider identified at the time of application submission. Funding Amounts: Seed Capital KY will fund pay up to $3,000 per project. Technical Assistance Providers: Seed Capital KY will work to create a database of providers. In the meantime, applicants are required to identify their own providers in advance of submitting the application, and must name the providers in the application. How it Works: Prior to applying for a grant, potential applicants must first complete the online questionnaire. Completed questionnaires will be reviewed, and if an applicant is determined to meet eligibility requirements, the applicant will be invited to complete the full application. Questionnaires can be completed online at any time, but applications are only reviewed on a quarterly basis. After the grants committee makes its final determination, grant letters will go out to applicants informing them whether their grants have been awarded. Once a grant is awarded, grantee has 6 months to complete the project and submit a final report. Reporting guidelines are denoted at the time of the grant’s award.
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