Where can I find funding for indoor shrimp production in Montana?

Answer: Funding for a startup enterprise is often challenging. Below are some potential resources you might pursue. Keep in mind that if you can establish some good partnerships, perhaps with UM or MSU, you could add value to a proposal.

An excellent place to start is the Food Animal Concerns Trust website. This site identifies funding resources, including Get Your Farm Funded: A Guide for Farmers to Find and Apply for Grants.

The National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs has a directory of state-by-state ag loan programs. In addition, the National Young Farmers Coalition has a guidebook that can help you learn about credit options offered by the Farm Service Agency. Guide to Federal Aquaculture Programs and Services serves as a catalog of federal programs and activities that support aquaculture in the United States.

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Grassroots Guide to Federal Farm and Food Programs both offer information on federal grants and programs. These two guides can help you find programs that may fit your project. The FSA Microloan Program is a newer program that is typically easier to qualify for and access than some of the other grant and loan programs.

Sea Pact is a group of leading North American seafood companies dedicated to driving stewardship and continuous improvement of social, economic, and environmental responsibility throughout the global seafood supply chain. It offers grants with a summer funding cycle.

Start Up Funds

Aquacopia
Cultivate Ventures
Ag Funder
InvestEco

Be sure to check out ATTRA’s Funding Opportunities page, which is updated daily. Finally, you can find additional resources that might be useful for your project in the Ecological Fisheries and Ocean Farming section of the ATTRA website.