FRANKFORT, Ky. — Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for three Kentucky Proud promotional programs.
“Kentucky Proud grant programs help promote the Commonwealth’s local foods and agricultural products,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As a result, these grants also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. The aim of these grants is to help build economic ties that will last long after the grant is awarded.”
The Buy Local program provides incentives for participating restaurants and other food service businesses to buy and use Kentucky Proud products for their customers. The program offers participants a 15% reimbursement for the cost of eligible Kentucky Proud farm food up to $8,000 a year or a lifetime cap of $36,000. For guidelines and an application, go to kyproud.com/buylocal.
The Farm to Fork program provides incentives for local organizations to host dinners that showcase local farms, farmers, producers, and Kentucky Proud products while benefiting a local charity. Participating organizations may be reimbursed up to $1,000 for purchases of 100% Kentucky direct farm impact food products and associated promotional expenses. For guidelines and an application, go to kyagr.com/marketing/farm-to-fork.html.
The Kentucky Proud Promotional Grant reimburses members for up to 50% of future eligible expenses for advertising, marketing, and reaching consumers at the point of purchase to promote agricultural products with direct Kentucky farm impact. Grants are limited to 10% of the applicant’s reported direct Kentucky farm impact up to $8,000 a year or a lifetime cap of $36,000. For an application, guidelines, and other documents, go to kyagr.com/marketing/grants.html.