Category Archives: Grants & Loans

USDA-RD Single Family Housing Guarantee Loan Program (SFHGLP)

FAST FACTS for the
USDA-RD Single Family Housing Guarantee Loan Program (SFHGLP)

 
ü  102% FINANCING is still available
ü  NO DOWN PAYMENT required from buyer*
ü  CPR PROPERTIES are acceptable
ü  CONDOS are ok so long as they are approved by either the VA, Fanni Mae, Freddie Mac or FHA
ü  DHHL properties are acceptable
ü  FUNDING, program well funded for FY 2012
ü  DEBT TO INCOME (DTI) RATIO waivers permitted with compensating factors
ü  RURAL PROPERTIES ONLY, all of Kauai is considered rural
ü  CLOSING COSTS may financed into the loan*
ü  ZERO FICO SCORES permitted with acceptable alternative trade lines
ü  LEASEHOLD PROPERTIES are permitted, must have at least 40 years term by close of escrow
ü  QUICK CLOSING; average turn time once file received at USDA is 48 hours, lender processing times apply
ü  THE “MAXIMUM RATE” lenders may charge as of 5/18/2012 is 4.0%, rates subject to change daily
ü  REDUCED RATES, low income applicants may finance additional points to buy down rate
ü  REFINANCE a construction loan or existing USDA loan
 
*Discuss with your lender how to finance closing costs prior to writing an offer to purchase
 

                                                                                                         
Contact a USDA approved lender or myself for additional guidelines.  Contact a USDA approved lender to apply.

Approved lender list

See the USDA Rural Development Website for more information.
 
 

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available

USDA Office of Communications

Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available

USDA Office of Communications sent this bulletin at 04/05/2012 12:00 PM EDT

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Release No. 0117.12
Contact:
Gwen Sparks, gwen.sparks@ams.usda.gov
(202) 260-8210
Farmers Market Promotion Program Grants Available
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2012 – Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking grant applicants for the 2012 Farmers Market Promotion Program.

Approximately $10 million is available for marketing operations such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture and road-side stands. The grants, which are administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), are available through a competitive application process on www.grants.gov. The grants aim to increase the availability of local agricultural products in communities throughout the county. They will also help strengthen farmer-to-consumer marketing efforts.

“These grants will put resources into rural and urban economies, and help strengthen efforts to provide access to nutritious and affordable foods,” said Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan. “This program not only supports the health and well-being of local communities but also the economic health of their farms and businesses.”

Projects that expand healthy food choices in food deserts or low-income areas (where the percentage of the population living in poverty is 20 percent or above) will receive additional consideration. USDA, in coordination with the Departments of the Treasury and Health and Human Services, seeks to increase access to fresh, healthy and affordable food choices for all Americans, while expanding market opportunities for farmers and ranchers.

Information on applying for a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant will be published in the April 6, 2012, Federal Register and available online atwww.ams.usda.gov/FMPP. Applications will only be accepted via grants.gov and must be received by May 21, 2012. Applications that are incomplete, hand-delivered, or sent via U.S. mail will not be considered. Applicants should start the grants.gov registration process as soon as possible to meet the deadline. Contact Carmen Humphrey, Program Manager, by phone: (202) 720-8317, or e-mail:usdafmppquestions@ams.usda.gov for more information.

Authorized by the Farmer-to-Consumer Direct Marketing Act of 1976 and amended by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (the Farm Bill), the Farmers Market Promotion Program is in the seventh year of funding direct markets that benefit local and regional economies.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program is part of USDA’s commitment to support local and regional communities. These investments are highlighted in USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass. KYF Compass is a digital guide to USDA resources related to local and regional food systems. The Compass consists of an interactive U.S. map showing local and regional food projects and anaccompanying narrative documenting the results of this work through case studies, photos and video content.

A large selection of USDA-supported programs and projects is also visible on the KYF Map, which can be displayed by theme, program, or recipient type. Both the KYF Compass and map will be regularly refreshed with new data and case studies.

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Calling Hawaii’s Value-added agricultural producers

2012 Value Added Agriculture Product Manufacturing Grant is OPEN!

Hawaii companies; Would your product benefit from dehydration? juicing? pulverizing? concentrating? purée?

How about making a tea from your product? a nutraceutical? a fruit leather? a cosmetic? dye?
Can you bottle it? add seasonings to make a new product?

GREAT opportunity for Hawaii agricultural value-added producers! 


Aloha!

We are pleased to announce that the UH/CTAHR Agribusiness Incubator Program is giving away up to $25,000 to assist existing or potential food manufacturers using Hawaii agricultural products with their startup or growth. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who is interested in being part of Hawaii’s food manufacturing industry.  Download the simple three-page grant application at http://aip.hawaii.edu/Public/VAAPMG%202012%20RFP.docx 

Deadline is May 14th so don’t delay!

Should you have any questions, you can contact us at (808) 956-3530 or email us at agincubator@ctahr.hawaii.edu. We look forward to receiving your application!
 
Mahalo,
Agribusiness Incubator Program
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