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.
CA Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will host a webinar Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 1pm, to discuss the grant program and application process, and to answer questions. To register for the webinar, please click here
The California Department of Food and Agriculture is now accepting applications for the California Underserved and Small Farm Producer Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until Monday May 10, 2021at 5 p.m.
The following entities may apply during this application period: registered Non-Profit organizations, Tribal Governments, and Resource Conservation Districts.
This program has two components for which eligible applicants can apply.
Part 1: Technical Assistance for Underserved Farmers and Ranchers – Funding for technical assistance providers to support farmers and ranchers in applying for COVID-19 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 COVID-19 economic recovery and/or leverage existing economic relief funding programs.
Approximately $1.35 million will be made available for Part 1 and $550,000 will be made available for Part 2.
Both forms are available online here,
Review the Request for Applications for the grant program here.
CDFA has been made aware of numerous scams soliciting payment from applicants to award grants. CDFA does not charge fees for application or administration of grants and awards are never made based on payments from applicants. If you believe you may be a victim of this effort, you are encouraged to contact your local law enforcement (Police or Sheriff’s Department).