CUSP Grant Program

January 25, 2022

CUSP Rd. 2 Flyers (1)

Round 1 (August 1-September 17, 2021)

In 2021, ABIRC was fortunate enough to have received grant dollars from and partner with Mandela Partners, who obtained these dollars from California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). These funds are a part of what is known as the California Underserved and Small Producer (CUSP) program, which aims to uplift and support small scale farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing technical assistance and financial assistance.

To receive these dollars, farmers needed to apply through us and meet several requirements. The application period ran from August 1st to September 17th of 2021. Although we could not select all who applied, we were able to select a few.

In December of 2021, we distributed the grant checks to farmers who were selected as recipients. ABIRC’s former Executive Director, Blong Xiong, and Program Assistant, Pakue Xiong, traveled to Merced and Sacramento to personally hand out checks to farmers who reside in those cities. Meanwhile, recipients who live in Fresno were able to personally pick up their check at our Lao Veterans of America office.

Round II (January – April 30, 2022)

Although our first round has ended, we encourage all farmers who did not previously apply to apply for round 2.

The requirements are as follows:

A) Documents needed (please email them to

  1. Government issued ID
  2. Business license, farmer’s market certificate, seller’s permit, or lease agreement.

B) Must have been a small grower before January 1st, 2020

C) Must plan to continue farming business in 2023.

D) Must have not applied for round 1

To apply, please click here.

If you have any questions and/or need assistance with applying, please do not hesitate to contact Yileng Lee at (559) 907-9905. As of May 1, 2022, our application period has ended and we are no longer accepting applicants. 

For all who applied for this round, we hope to inform you of the status of your application in June. Shall you have any questions, please contact us!