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Category: Funding and Grants
Kiva.org is a non-profit based in San Francisco, which crowdfunds 0% interest microloans to small business owners, entrepreneurs and farmers throughout the United States (and the wider world). Since 2005, Kiva has funded over $850M in loans, crowdfunded by 1.5 million individual lenders.
Kiva’s U.S. lending program is highly focused on the Food and Farm sector, and could be a valuable resource — either for Farmers and Food Producers, or Farmers Markets themselves. Kiva’s loans are up to $10,000, paid back over 3 years. And they really do have no interest and no fees!
The best part of the Kiva model is the community-based approach. Rather than the loan coming from an impersonal financial institution, a $10,000 loan might be crowdfunded by 400 individual people lending $25 each. That’s 400 potential customers, business advisors, brand ambassadors and supporters.
These videos are directly from the curriculum taught in the Agricultural Marketing Service Technical Assistance Project’s in-person workshop training on applying for Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants.
A guide to federal programs for sustainable agriculture, forestry, entrepreneurship, conservation, food systems, and community development.
If your board isn’t raising all the money it could — indeed, if your board isn’t raising any money at all — you’re not alone. In this webinar, we’ll outline strategies to turn things around. You’ll leave with several practical, specific ideas for increasing board involvement and effectiveness.
• Redefining fundraising: It’s not just asking for money
• Addressing myths and misconceptions about who has it and who gives it
• Building a board fundraising menu
• Helping board members take leadership and hold each other accountable
Andy Robinson (www.andyrobinsononline.com and Train Your Board) provides training and consulting for nonprofits in fundraising, board development, marketing, earned income, planning, leadership development, facilitation, and train-the-trainer program. He also serves government agencies and, on occasion, corporate clients. Over the past eighteen years, Andy has worked with organizations in 47 US states and Canada.
Recent clients include the American Bar Association, League of Conservation Voters, Vermont Department of Taxes, National Audubon Society, the Land Trust Alliance, and many, many local organizations.
Andy is the author of six books, including the brand new Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money. When he’s not on the road, he lives in Plainfield, Vermont. Check out Train Your Board.
Adams County Farmers’ Market Association (Gettysburg, PA) sends this tri-fold out to potential sponsors each year with updated stats. It’s a great example of using market impacts and successes in outreach, and also clearly stating how sponsor donations will be used at the market.
Logic Model Presentation (PDF)
Logic Model Template (.doc)
Carmen Humphrey, Branch Chief & FMPP Program Manager, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
Stacy Miller, Executive Director, Farmers Market Coalition
The website for the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP).
Watch this webinar that details successful ways that farmers markets have raised money. Webinar slides can be accessed here.
- Donita Anderson, Executive Director of the North Union Farmers Market in Ohio hosts several fundraising events throughout the year.
- Wayne S. Corey, President, Board of Directors Des Moines Farmers Market in Washington takes fundraising beyond special events by integrating a multi-tiered approach to fundraising throughout the year.
- Leslie Schaller, Program Director of The Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet), moderates the webinar.
Presenter Carmen Humphrey, Branch Chief & FMPP Program Manager at the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service shares tips on how to develop logic models for grant writing and project management. It has a very extensive Q&A at the end, some of the questions directly pertaining to the 2012 FMPP grant funding opportunity.
Moderated by Stacy Miller, Executive Director of the Farmers Market Coalition
Grants are one way to get a farmers market started. However, alternative revenue streams are available. This report offers multiple examples for those interested in creating revenue streams using donations, sponsors, and fundraisers.