New York State New Farmers Grant Fund

Grants to New York Novice Farmers to
Upgrade Agricultural Production and Techniques

GrantWatch ID#: 177015
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Empire State Development - New York State New Farmers Grant Fund

01/27/17 Postmarked

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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 to New York farm owners who have chosen farming as their occupation and livelihood. Funding is intended to assist farmers who are at the beginning of their career in increasing their profits, ultimately resulting in the growth of agribusiness and the concomitant tax revenues within the State.

Farm owners may apply as a business corporation, sole proprietorship, a limited liability company, partnership, subchapter S corporation, or agricultural cooperative.

The New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will help 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.

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.

All project elements must be portable. Projects involving improvements not easily removed (i.e. installation of permanent equipment, construction of permanent real property structures, non-movable fencing, or utility improvements) are not eligible.


$15,000 - $50,000

Eligible Farms and Farmers (all criteria below must be met):

-A farm operation must be located wholly within New York State, and must produce an agricultural product on the farm 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 farm owners must be New York State Residents of at least 18 years of age;
-As of April 1, 2016, all farm 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.

Applicant farmers may be:

- Business Corporations
- Sole Proprietorships
- Limited Liability Company
- Partnerships
- Subchapter S Corporations
- Agricultural Cooperatives

Previous New Farmer Grant Fund Recipients:

Previous grant recipients may be considered for funding; provided, however, that no single farm operation may receive an amount that exceeds $50,000 cumulatively, for all program years.

Ineligible Applicants

- Nonprofit organizations;
- Those delinquent on federal, state and/or local tax obligations;
- Those subject to any litigation, or against whom litigation is threatened, which will likely have an adverse effect on the applicant’s financial condition;
- Those in violation of federal, state or local laws or regulations with respect to labor practices, hazardous wastes, environmental pollution or operating practices; or
- Those in bankruptcy.

Ineligible project costs, include, but are not limited to:

- Costs incurred prior to March 1, 2017;
- Costs not directly related to the project;
- Land purchase or lease;
- Residential facilities;
- Motor vehicles, boats, trailers, and 4-wheelers;
- Educational programs;
- Retail enterprises;
- Livestock purchase, grooming, boarding and feed;
- Pesticides/herbicides;
- Design expenses and permits;
- Applicant’s labor and farm employee’s labor;
- Marketing materials;
- Routine operation and maintenance costs;
- Tree removal; driveways; parking areas; and irrigation ponds;
- Septic, sewer, well, or wastewater costs; and
- Extension of electrical utility lines or municipal/public water supply lines to a project site (tax map parcel) where a connection to such service/system is not already established.

Match Requirements:

Grants may fund up to 50% of total project costs. The remaining 50% of total project costs 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.

Previous grant recipients may be considered for funding; provided, however, that no single farm operation may receive an amount that exceeds $50,000 cumulatively, for all program years.

Applications must be postmarked by January 27, 2017.

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

Questions should be sent to:

Bonnie Devine

Applicants must submit one unbound paper copy of the completed application and all attachments to the following address:

NYS New Farmers Grant Fund
Empire State Development
625 Broadway, 8th floor
Albany, NY 12245

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