Grant Consultation for Farmers and Ranchers
Thinking Beyond the Gates
Every day you confront new information, problems and costs that must be dealt with in a positive way to continue running your operation profitably. As you try to dig through the piles of paperwork, it probably seems like nothing is simple anymore. In many ways, you are right.
For most of us, our fathers did their own taxes, managed pesticides and fertilizers without documentation, and certainly never filled out 150-page applications to receive a grant from the USDA. Grant Consultation was not even a thought.
Most of us can look back at something we tried to tackle ourselves, later to wish we’d asked an advisor or an expert. Or we regretted that our mistake meant we could not take advantage of a program that would have helped our family business be more profitable.
Build a Team
A common solution in farming, as in other growing businesses, is to build a team. Team members are not there to tell you what to do, but to help you reach the goals you have set on the path you have chosen. One great example of where teamwork helps is in applying for government grants.
The Grant Consultation Team
Each year the USDA awards millions of dollars to farmers and ranchers like you. The fact is that the vast majority of this money is awarded to operations that hire a team of professionals (Grant Consultation Services) to help with grant writing and assessment. This is where using a Grant Consultation Team may be extremely helpful. Tweet this
One grant program for farmers pays up to 25% of the cost of improvements to reduce energy usage:
- New grain dryers
- Improved irrigation systems
- Insulation of building or animal housing
- Start new renewable energy projects to use your biomass
- Harness the energy of the sun for heating or generating electricity
Well over 90% of USDA grant money awarded goes to farmers and ranchers working with an external grant consultation team. TweetThis Individuals attempting to write this grant by themselves typically spend over 120 hours and are less likely to win because they lack experience in grant writing.
Look At It As An Investment
The USDA reviewers of these grants typically have specific things they are looking for and require it in a way they are familiar with. An experienced grant consultation team can typically get you through the process with less than 6 hours of your time at a cost of about 2% of the total project. Grant awards to applicants are typically anywhere between $20,000 and $50,000.
Think Beyond Your Gate
When trying to decide how to tackle some of the big opportunities and challenges in your farm business, think beyond your gate. Weigh the costs in time and headaches of trying to write the grant application without help. Experienced grant writers (at a small percentage of the grant award) greatly increase your chances of winning the grant.
Did you know that FamilyFarms Group Members have received more than $5,200,000 in grants? To learn more about Grant Consultation Services and other group benefits offered by the FamilyFarms Group, visit our website.