New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund

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Objective

Objective

New York State has allocated $250,000 in the state budget for the New York State Veterans Farmer Grant Fund.  Its purpose is to provide grants to support veterans across the state grow their agricultural businesses. 

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Overview

Overview

The grant fund helps improve the profitability of a farm owned by a veteran through one or both of the following goals: 

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

Grants may provide a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000 for up to 50% of total project costs.  The remaining 50% must be matched by the recipient.  Eligible sources of recipient match are limited to cash, lines of credit and loans.  Other grant funds may not be used as matching funds.  For any award the total project cost must be at least twice the grant award request. 

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Eligibility

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants (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, and which is at least fifty percent (50%) owned, operated and controlled by a veteran; and
  • The farm operation must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income from sales of products grown or raised on the applicant’s farm operation as reflected in either personal or business 2016 tax returns; and
  • All owners must be New York State Residents of at least 18 years of age; and
  • 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. 

How to Apply

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

Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by January 26, 2018.  It is anticipated grant awards will be announced in late Spring/early Summer 2018. 

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

  • 12/27/17 - Program Guidelines amended to clarify eligible boat costs (see Section 2.E Project Costs).

 

Contact information:
Questions should be sent to nyveteransfarmfund@esd.ny.gov