Monday, March 15, 2010

Funding for : farms, nurseries, ranches, aquaculture operations, or any related agricultural industries

If you have a farm, nursery, ranch, aquaculture operation, or any related agricultural industry, the O`ahu Resource Conservation and Development Council has grants up to $50,000 to help Oahu farmers this year.

WHAT: Grant funds support projects that strengthen and promote Oahu’s agricultural businesses and increase the capabilities of local farmers, ranchers and agricultural entrepreneurs (including aquaculture). Examples of projects funded in the past include:
• $6,000 to install fish tanks at aquaculture facility
• $35,000 to clear and prepare land for agricultural production
• $13,000 to upgrade an irrigation system for trees and crops
• $47,000 to purchase processing equipment to pack and distribute greens
• $21,000 to purchase and install a greenhouse for tomatoes and cucumbers

The Oahu Agricultural Development Program (OADP) will award grants of up to $50,000 to fund a portion of your project. Awardees are required to provide at least 20% of the cost of their project.

WHEN: Brief pre-proposals are due April 5, 2010. Selected applicants will be encouraged to submit full proposals. Awards will be announced by May 31, 2010.

WHERE: Projects must be located on the Island of O`ahu.

HOW: To apply, interested applicants must submit a 2-page pre-proposal, using our pre-proposal template. These two-page requests allow applicants to explain and “sell” their projects to the Steering Committee, which will select the most promising applicants to submit full proposals. Download the template from our website at, or contact the Oahu RC&D at or (808)483-8600 ext. 122 for pre-proposal templates or more information.

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