BFRDP Matching Funds Program
Michigan’s Emerging Farmers – Strategies and Tools to Enhance Success Matching Funds Program Application
Through a USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Grant the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) and MSU Student Organic Farm will provide a limited number of $2,000 stipends to beginning farmers in Michigan. Each $2,000 stipend requires applicant matching savings of at least $1,000 intended for farm-related costs. The stipends are designed to help people in their first years of farming to develop and stabilize their farming business, increasing its long-term viability.
Matching Program FAQ
Q. What workshops are required and allowed?
A: Applicants must participate in at least 3 beginning farmer workshops to be offered by the MSU Student Organic Farm, Genesee County Area Women in Agriculture (WIA) Network, MSUE Beginning Farmer Webinar Series, MSU North Farm located in the Upper Peninsula, Detroit Alliance for Farm Training (collaboration among Greening of Detroit, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (DBCFSN), and Earthworks Urban Farm, and Keep Growing Detroit workshop series during 2016.
At least one workshop should be a business-planning workshop. A list of workshops can be found at the end of the matching program application.
Q. Where does the application get sent?
Q. What is the timeline for award of grants?
A: All applications must be submitted by June 27, 2016 (deadline extended) and all requirements must be fulfilled and the appropriate documentation submitted by November 31, 2016. Applicants will be selected no later than of early December 2016. The $2000 awards will be distributed to selected applicants no later than the end of February 2016.
Q. Why are there two deadlines?
A: The application is due by June 27th and is meant to provide basic contact information for grant selecting team deadline. In this process, you will receive feedback on your business plan. There is additional information needed from you to complete the application process, which is the reason for the second deadline of November 31, 2016. Please read the entire application for all requirements.
Q. What if I am not available to attend the workshops?
A: If you are unavailable to attend the required workshops, you do not meet the criteria for the matching funds program and should not submit an application.
Q: I’m not a part of WIA but I want to attend workshops and submit an application?
A: You are more than welcome to join the MIFFS WIA Network at any point throughout the year. The goal of the WIA network is to create an intentional space to grow meaningful connections between women working in agriculture in Genesee County and the extended area. This network is aimed at sharing challenges and opportunities for women in agriculture. Together we hope to build knowledge, connections, innovate, problem-solve, and create new opportunities for women’s livelihoods in Michigan. Please note, women and men are wlecome to attend to workshops hosted by WIA. You can stay up-to-date on the WIA Facebook Page.
Q: I’m not on Facebook but the information is there for WIA – what do I do?
A: Not to worry, you can find all necessary information about the WIA network and our Matching Funds Program right here on our website.
This material is based upon the work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70017-22856.