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Farm Transition Grant (FTG)

Grants to Connecticut Farmers and Agricultural
Cooperatives to Diversify Farm Operations

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Conf. Date:

01/31/19

Deadline Date:

02/14/19 4:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $49,999 to Connecticut agricultural producers and cooperatives to strengthen the economic viability of their operations. This program supports the diversification, expansion, and improvement of established farm operations, the transition to value-added agricultural production and sales, and the development of farmers’ markets and other venues in which a majority of products sold are grown in the state.

Funding priorities:
-On-farm improvements to comply with the Produce Safety Rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act
-Meeting food safety requirements for advanced positioning in the marketplace.
-Strengthening infrastructure to meet changing climate conditions.
-Projects that increase year-round availability of Connecticut Grown products while enhancing farm viability.
-Diversification of existing farm operations into new and emerging crops and/or product lines.

Consultant expenses (electricians, hired contractors, etc.) are allowable expenses. Salaries are an allowable match expense.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169724

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount awarded to any applicant through the Farm Transition Grant will not exceed $49,999. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture reserves the right to fund a project in part.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year of contract execution.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply for the Farm Transition Grant:
- Agricultural producers, singularly or jointly, whether such producers are owners or tenants of existing agricultural production facilities located within the State of Connecticut. Tenants must include a written agreement between all necessary parties regarding the submitted project.
- Agricultural Cooperatives.

To qualify for the Farm Transition Grant the applicant must be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State (if established as a limited liability corporation or incorporated), possess a Farmer’s Tax Exemption Permit, and have submitted a Schedule F, Form 1120S, Form 1065, or Schedule C for the previous three years.

While it can vary, general purpose equipment - tractors, trucks, boats, etc. - are not allowable purchases. However, if it can be justified that the requested piece of equipment will allow the business to expand, diversify, and improve, it may be considered.

The following expenses are generally not funded by the Farm Transition Grant. They may however be considered an acceptable match if they directly and meaningfully support the proposed project:
-Employee salaries and fringe benefits paid to execute the project
-Permits
-Attorneys’ fees, consultants’ fees
-Consumable or disposable supplies

The following expenses cannot be used as a match and will not be funded by the grant:
-Any expense incurred prior to contract execution
-Land acquisition/mortgages
-Cost of borrowing (points and other fees)
-Expenses to fund the start-up of a new organization
-Any portion of expense for which the applicant pays a contractor in merchandise or service in lieu of cash
-Tuition/tuition reimbursement or career-related/scholarship funds
-Routine business expenses or disposable supplies unrelated to the project
- New: Indirect costs of any percentage.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Two opportunities to learn about the application process and how to write a project plan will be offered:
- Thursday, January 31, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
- (Snow Date: Friday, February 1, 1:30 - 3:30 PM)
- CT Farm Bureau Association, 78 Beaver Road, Wethersfield

- Saturday, February 2, 10:15 – 11 AM and 11:15 AM – 12 PM
- At the 3rd Annual Agricultural Re$ource Fair
- 4-H Education Center at Auerfarm, 158 Auer Farm Rd, Bloomfield, CT

RSVPs including name, email, and phone number are required 24 hours prior to the meeting date. At least five people are required to host a workshop.

RSVP to Jaime Smith (see details in Contact Information, below).

Registered attendees will be notified if the meeting is cancelled for any reason no later than 9:00 AM the day of the meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2019 Farm Transition Grant will be accepted starting February 7, due no later than 4:00 PM on February 14, 2019. Applications are only accepted by email.

Matching funds from the applicant must be a minimum of 50% of the total project budget. The match must be clearly outlined in the application and can only be cash contributions; in-kind matches are not allowed. The cash match can be self-financed, provided by bank financing, or funded through another grant (federal, state, or otherwise). If a grant is providing the match, the applicant must disclose the grantor, the grant name, and amount awarded. The Farm Transition Grant must be paid directly to the applicant.

Please note: This is a reimbursement grant. Grant funds are paid after the project is successfully completed, a final financial report outlining all expenses associated with the project have been received and approved, a final report has been received and approved, and site inspection by agency staff is conducted.

Applicants will be notified approximately six weeks from the application deadline about the award outcome. The number of applications received affects this timeline significantly. Once notified of being awarded, it will be approximately 3-4 weeks before applicants receive a contract for signature. Once a signed contract is returned, it will be another 4 weeks before the contract signing is complete and grantees can officially begin their project. This timeline can vary.

Previous grantees may apply; however, past performance will be taken into consideration.

More information about Resource Fair: https://newfarms.uconn.edu/solidground/3rd-annual-agricultural-reource-fair/#

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP to the workshop and email applications to:
Jaime Smith
Jaime.Smith@ct.gov
860-713-2503

Connecticut Department of Agriculture
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 703
Hartford, CT 06103

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