California Underserved and
Small Producers Program

The California Underserved and Small Producers (CUSP) Grant Program is designed to facilitate direct assistance to individual small and mid-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers who need support applying for economic relief grant programs and assistance with business planning and marketing strategies.


The California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Farm Equity announces that it is awarding $1.1 million in grants to 11 projects throughout the state via the 2021 California Underserved and Small-Scale Producer Grant Program (CUSP). These groups will be providing critical technical assistance for small-scale and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to apply for COVID-19 relief funds, adjust business planning and marketing strategies and other direct technical support for producers to become more resilient and recover from the adverse affects of COVID-19. The funding for this grant program was made possible through SB 85.

Press Release – CDFA Announces $1.1 Million In Technical Assistance Grants For The 2021 California Underserved And Small-Scale Producer Grant Program (CUSP)

Summary of Funded Projects


Press Release – Announcing Funding Opportunity

2021 CUSP GRANT APPLICATION MATERIALS

Request for Proposals – due date May 10, 2021, 5:00pm PT

Grant Applications Due: May 10, 2021

Summary of Public Comments

Contact Us

California Department of Food and Agriculture
Office of Grants Administration
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Phone: (916) 657-3231
Fax: (916) 653-0206
Grants@cdfa.ca.gov