New Farmers Grant Fund Program

Objective

New York State has allocated $1 million in the 2017–2018 state budget for the fourth round of the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund. Its purpose is to provide grants to help beginning farmers improve farm profitability.  A Request for Applications for this round is anticipated in Fall 2017.

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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 more than $2.4 million to farmers since 2014.  View the list of previous awardees.

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
•    Eligible applicants are farm businesses, in which all owners are in the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm operation.  
•    The farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in sales of products grown or raised on the farm. 

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

Below are links to the 2016 Guidelines and Application for the program.  Please note that there will be modifications made to the Guidelines and Application for the upcoming 2017 round of funding.

2016 New Farmers Grant Fund Program Guidelines 
2016 New Farmers Grant Fund Program Application 

How to Apply

This program is not currently open, and applications are not being accepted.

It is anticipated that a Request for Applications for the 2017 round of the New Farmers Grant Program will be announced in Fall 2017.  We encourage all potential applicants to check this website for further announcements and updates. 

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