The California Underserved and Small Producers (CUSP) Grant Program is designed
to facilitate direct assistance to individual small-scale, mid-scale and socially
disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who need support applying for economic relief
grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies.
The CUSP Grant Program has two components for which applicants can apply for one or both:
Part 1: Technical Assistance for Underserved Farmers and Ranchers – Funding for
technical assistance providers to support farmers and ranchers in applying for economic
relief grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies
and other business economic recovery activities.
Part 2: Direct Grant Assistance for Underserved Farmers and Ranchers – Eligible
entities are also able to apply as a “regional administrator” for grant funds to distribute
directly to farmers and ranchers to aid in economic recovery and relief measures and/or
leverage existing economic relief funding programs
The grant duration is two (2) years, beginning June 1, 2021 - March 31, 2023.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Eligible entities for the Technical Assistance Grants and/or administer the block grant funds for farmers/ranchers include: Non-profit organizations, Tribal Governments and Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs).
Entities applying for Technical Assistance grants referred to as Technical Assistance Providers (TAPs) must meet the eligible criteria outlined on page 4 of the Request for Proposals.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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