Financing & Funding Sources for Farmers


There seem to be more options for financing small farms and food businesses than ever before–from grants to loans to crowdfunding websites. However, it can be hard to find the right level of funding for your operation and even more difficult to navigate all the resources available. We’ve developed a list of some of the best places to start your search for funding and financing options. We’ll update this list over time, so bookmark this page and come back to check it in the future for updates.

Farmer Guides


Helpful USDA Resources


Crowdfunding Websites


NC Grant Programs for Farmers


About Jean Willoughby

Jean Willoughby currently serves as RAFI's Communications Manager and Project Director, overseeing our grant program for entrepreneurial and innovative farmers, the Agricultural Reinvestment Fund. She created the Growing Innovation website as an online library to document the Fund's nearly 20-year history of awarding grants to 600+ food and farm businesses.