Monday, November 21, 2016

Grants for farmers

NYS Empire State Development 2016 New Farmers Grant Fund 

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will help farmers improve farm profitability through one or both of the following goals: 1) expanding agricultural production, diversifying agricultural production and/or extending the agricultural season; and/or 2) 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. Eligibility (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 products grown or raised on the applicant's farm operation as reflected in either personal or business 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 ten 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. Deadline: January 27, 2017

Farm Credit East Grant Writing Services for Farms & Agribusiness

Farm Credit East offers grant writing services to help farms and agribusinesses grow, change or expand their enterprises. For more information and for a summary of potential federal and regional grants and other incentives available to help Northeast producers, go here.