There are a number of grant programs available for farmers. SFA is hosting “Grant Writing Essentials for Farmers” on Nov. 16, a FREE program for SFA Members!
As a preview, its helpful to really define what a grant is. It’s NOT free money from the government. At least the grants we are discussing at the “Grant Writing Essentials Workshop” are not free money. It’s best to think of a grant as an investment. The Grantor (the person, or entity with the money) has an idea of something they would like to see, learn, or accomplish. They recognize they are not the experts, so they offer a grant, or an investment to those people who are the experts to basically hire them to see, learn or accomplish their objectives. The experts who get the grants are called the Grantee.
Before you say, “Why would I want to apply for a grant? All I’m going to be doing is someone else’s work.” Let me add, that with the right Grantor, you can find a grant that will allow you to accomplish some of your goals along the way. I mean, let’s face it, farming is farming, we all want some of the same things. Are there some ways Grantors and Grantees can work together to accomplish mutual goals? I think so, I’ve seen several examples of this, and in the right situation, a grant can make a lot of sense.
If you are interested in learning more about grants, please consider the FREE workshop on “Grant Writing Essentials for Farmers” on Nov. 16. It’s free to SFA Members and $35 for the general public. A discount code was emailed to all SFA members a couple of weeks ago. If you didn’t get one of those codes, we don’t have you listed as a current member. Contact Jason Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you have questions about the 11/16 program itself, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. Thanks, and we’ll see you there!