Getting a private or government grant for your farm or garden is not as hard as you may think. You just have to find a few organizations that do offer such grants. When using the Internet, this makes the process much easier. So, where on the Internet should you start looking for agricultural grants? Well, there are several places where you will find basic information on how to apply, locate, and submit a proposal for a government grant. You can start by going the conventional route by going to the FSA's website or the USDA's website, where you will find basic info on USDA farm grant and loan programs. Or you can check out the links below for even more information.
Once you've found the grant (s) that you want to apply for … now what? First, do a good amount of research (30-40 hours total, per organization) for the granting organizations you chose. Knowing how each granting organization makes it's decision on grants, what they will and will not fund is very critical in you getting funding for your farm or farm-related business.
Next, make sure you follow the guidelines for applying for the farm grants to the tee, or you will not be approved for one! For example, if they ask you to send them an application first, then a proposal, do this. If they ask you to write a letter of intent first, then an application, do that as well.
Before, during, or after the initial grant request process, make a proposal that will appeal to your farm or farming supplies business. Do not use a lot of "college" words, but always be professional and personal, at the same time. Say, if you need funding for an irrigation system, to water your crops, make it known to the grant application / proposal readers how much and when the system be completed. However, the amount for the funding you're seeking should not be over the maximum amount the organization awards. This will also get your application / proposal redirected. It would also help to note in your farm grant application or proposal the size of your farm or farm business. Grantors want to make sure that the money granted is appropriate for the size of the size of the farm or agricultural-related company.
Be modest and honest in explaining your need for the funds in question. For instance, you do not want to ask for a million dollars, just to buy hay or more livestock. Grantors want to know the money they grant to you and others who they grant it to will be used for its intended purpose, even though it's a grant and not a loan. In other words, just be sensible about that to ask for, according to what your farm really needs.