LIBERTY - Grants from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board are available for agri-tourism and farmers' markets.
The state board that administers tobacco settlement funds has agreed to provide state funding on a competitive basis for these agricultural industries that are growing in the state's agricultural economy, according to Arlen R. Sanders, executive director of the Economic Development Authority of Liberty/Casey County.
The 2005 Agri-tourism Competitive Awards Program is for $1 million competitive funding program for agri-tourism businesses and regional marketing efforts.
Applications for the competitive awards will be accepted in two rounds on Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. Applications will be scored according to a pre-determined, specified criteria, of which highest points will be awarded projects that show viability and have significant impact on multiple producers.
The farmer's market grants program is a $1.5 million project for markets across the state. The funds will be divided into the following investment areas: $975,000 for regional markets $375,000 for community markets, and $150,000 for market feasibility studies. Requests for regional markets over $100,000 will be required to have a completed feasibility study. Applications for the grants will be accepted Jan. 1 and July 1.