Financial resources, grant information, and business guides/tips 

Rodale Institute Grants

Rodale Institute and the Organic Farmers Association offer micro-grants to support small-scale BIPOC farmers (for both current and aspiring farmers). Grants- up to
$18,000/year- are focused on needs such as tools, training, equipment, etc. 

The Equity Trust Fund

Supported by gifts and loans from socially motivated donors and lenders, the Equity Trust Fund makes low-interest loans to CSA farmers, community land trusts, cooperatives, and others focused on sustainable agriculture for low-income communities. 

Farm Credit Network

Providing loans in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, Farm Credit offers loan programs for young, beginning, and small farmers, and has recently recommitted to support POC in rural communities and agriculture

Helping Maryland's Minority Small Business Owners

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin's Government & Community Programs Resource Guide includes a collection of Federal Resources

USDA Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program

The 2501 Program

This program is focused on providing funding, outreach, and assistance for farmers and ranchers who have experienced barriers due to racial or ethnic prejudice.

building beds at beauty blooms farm - two people working on farm beds

Building beds at Beauty Blooms Farm (Susan Davis)

Maryland Small Business Development Financing Authority (MSBDFA)

Loans for economically and socially disadvantaged entrepreneurs for working capital, obtaining bid and performance bonds for contracts, equipment, real estate, and more.

Fundera Resources for Latino Business Owners

A fact sheet by Fundera to connect Hispanic business owners and farmers with loan options from the Small Business Administration as well as other loans and micro-finance organizations like Accion and Opportunity Fund.

Rock Creek Racial Equity Capital Fund

(RECF) was created in partnership with Exelon Utilities to strengthen communities and help minority businesses by providing affordable capital to minority-owned businesses.

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