FAQs

What is FarmRaise, exactly? FarmRaise is a digital platform that connects farmers to funding opportunities. These funding sources include government (state and federal-level) grants and cost-share programs, NGO and philanthropic grants, commercial loans, and impact capital.

Why does FarmRaise exist? We’re here because farmers and ranchers asked for more accessible and affordable farm funding. We demystify ag finance, eliminate stressful paperwork, and make funding more accessible to producers.

What does it mean to “Join FarmRaise”? When you join our Launch List, we’ll alert you when our platform is live in July 2020 so you can register an account and access time-saving, grant-unlocking tools! In the meantime, we can help you unlock grants and loans through a free FarmRaise consultation.

How much does it cost? Creating an individual account with FarmRaise is free. If you successfully unlock a grant through FarmRaise, we charge a small fee. We only get paid if you get paid. Note: the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program application is 100% free.

Are you trying to replace the USDA? Definitely not. The USDA and its affiliates (including the Farm Service Agency and and the Natural Resources Conservation Service) provide crucial consultation and technical services to farmers (not to mention billions of dollars in grant and cost-share funding!). We are here to simplify government paperwork on the front end so that USDA agents have more time to partner with you. We also connect you to private funding opportunities in addition to government programs.

Are you a lending agency or a bank? Nope. But we do partner with banks and lending agencies to connect their services to farmers.

What’s with your focus on soil health? At FarmRaise, we believe that accessible funding will help farmers to not only address their short-term financial needs, but also invest in long-term assets: clean water, clean air, biodiversity, and healthy soils. These crucial natural resources preserve the farm for the next generation while making an operation more profitable and resilient.

Have you launched yet? What you see on this website is Version 1.0. These basic services are just the beginning, and by the end of 2020, you’ll be able to apply for multiple funding programs through FarmRaise’s single, streamlined application. Please stay tuned as we add new functionality to the platform, share your thoughts on how we can improve, and join our Launch List for updates

What’s your long-term goal? Check out our vision page.

Who’s behind this platform? Meet our team!

Is this secure? FarmRaise has taken steps to protect your information. You can review our policies in our data privacy and terms of service. By participating in FarmRaise services (offered on farmraise.com and through our FormStack), you agree to abide by those terms. This platform is a secure resource for you to streamline your farm funding needs and save information for future applications.