New Farmers Grant Fund Program

Objective

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2016–2017 state budget for the third round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to help beginning farmers improve farm profitability.

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Overview

Overview

This grant fund helps beginning farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals:

  • Expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production and/or extending the agricultural season
  • Advancing innovative agricultural techniques that increase sustainable practices such as organic farming, food safety, reduction of farm waste and/or water use

The program has provided nearly $1.4 million to farmers since 2014. View the list of previous awardees.

Eligibility

Eligible farmers/farms (all criteria below must be met):

  • A farm operation located wholly within New York State which produces an agricultural product as defined by the guidelines
  • The farm operation must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income from sales of agricultural products grown or raised on the farm as reflected in 2015 tax returns
  • All owners must be New York State residents of at least 18 years of age
  • As of April 1, 2016, all owners must be in the first 10 years of having an ownership interest in any farm operation
  • All owners must materially and substantially participate in the day-to-day production of an agricultural product grown or raised on the farm operation

Eligible Expenditures:

  • Eligible costs include the purchase of new or used machinery and equipment, supplies, and/or construction or improvement of physical structures used exclusively for agricultural purposes

Resources

Program Amendments
If changes are made to this solicitation, a notification will be posted on this webpage.

How to Apply

Application Procedure
Program guidelines and application can be found at the following links. When completing an application be sure to consult the 2016 New Farmers Grant Fund Guidelines document, which contains important program requirements. 

2016 Guidelines 
2016 Application 

Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 27, 2017. Grant awards will be announced in the spring of 2017. 

Contact Information
Questions should be sent to Bonnie Devine at nyfarmfund@esd.ny.gov.