CultivateGrowth Grant


CultivateGrowth Grant 

Participating in educational events and working with other professionals helps expand your knowledge and strengthen your business. Our CultivateGrowth Grant provides up to $40,000 in grants to help offset the cost of these programs and services for young, beginning and small farmers. Current customers are eligible for up to $1,000. Non-customers are eligible for up to $500.

Young, Beginning, and Small Farmer Qualifications:

  • 18-35 years of age, or
  • Farming for less than 10 years, or
  • Sustain annual gross sales from agricultural production of less than $250,000
  • Must be eligible to be a member of GreenStone; reside in Michigan or northeast Wisconsin

Intended grant use must fall within one of the following categories:

  • Agricultural programs/events: educational course/program (on-site or online), conference fees, etc.
    • Program/event must support agricultural business 
    • Program/event not required to be in GreenStone's territory
  • GreenStone resources: accounting and tax services, technology support, etc.
    • Available for first time use of service only
  • Non-GreenStone services: business and farm consultants, etc.
    • Program/event not required to be in GreenStone's territory

Exclusions of grant use include:

  • Entertainment venues/networking events
  • Travel related expenses
  • College course as part of a degree program
  • Technology software and hardware, farm equipment, farm inputs/operating expenses, building improvements, etc.
  • Routine business costs (yearly taxes, etc.)
  • Previously reimbursed events/resources/services to repeat applicant
  • External service that is currently offered by GreenStone Farm Credit Services
  • Costs associated with loans, fees, etc.
  • Costs associated with the Farm Women's Symposium (due to scholarships available directly through the program)

CultivateGrowth program

As lenders to rural America and production agriculture, we understand the challenges young, beginning, and small farmers face when starting their own farm or taking on ownership of a multi-generational farm and as such, we work to provide the educational and financial resources needed to help establish a solid foundation.