There are many opportunities for existing and beginning farmers to access loan and grant programs, both locally and at the federal level. Below are some of these funding opportunities.
Sullivan County Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund
The Sullivan County Revolving Loan Funds provide seed capital and early stage loans to eligible entrepreneurial companies who want to establish or expand within the county. Special consideration shall be given to assisting businesses owned and operated by persons of low-to-moderate income, as required by the specific program. For more information call the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development at 845-807-0527 or visit their website.
Sullivan County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) Agri-Business Revolving Loan Fund
The IDA administers a revolving loan fund for agri-businesses. For more information on the loan program and an application, contact the County of Sullivan IDA office at 845-295-2603 or visit their website.
Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development
Through the Sullivan Investments Revolving Loan Program and the Incubator Without Walls Revolving Loan Program, the Partnership provides financing along with technical assistance to businesses. For more information on the loan program and an application contact the SC Partnership office at 845-794-1110 or visit their website.
Catskill Mountainkeeper Capital Access Loan Program
Catskill Mountainkeeper has created the Capital Access Loan Program to help farmers expand their businesses. After much research (in 2011 they commissioned the Western Catskill Region Foodshed Research & Analysis), they determined that agriculture is our region’s best option for sustainable economic growth. For more information call their office at 845-439-1230, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website.
USDA National Agricultural Library: Grants & Loans for Farmers
Although limited, financial support for small farms and farm-related businesses is available from a variety of federal, state, and local agencies, and from non-governmental organizations. Start your search here
Last updated February 20, 2018