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Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Grant

Grants to USA Organizations in Northeastern States to
Promote the Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing Industries

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Farm Credit East and CoBank

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 Received by close of business


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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to organizations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont for activities that promote and strengthen the agriculture, commercial fishing, and forest products industries in the region.

Applicants that clearly demonstrate how a program, project, activity or event will have a long-term positive effect on the agriculture, forest products or the commercial fishing industries in the eight state Northeast region are encouraged to seek funding.

Farm Credit AgEnhancement provides support for efforts intended to foster and grow all types of agriculture including both traditional and non-traditional production and marketing approaches. Further, the funding source supports programs intended to assist all size farms, promote diversity and create opportunities for new entrants into agriculture.

Program areas in which financial support may be provided include, but are not limited to:

- Programs, projects, and activities that assist in the development of young and beginning farmers.
- Programs, projects, and activities that encourage leadership development to strengthen agriculture and the food and fiber industries. This includes programs and projects that encourage youth involvement in agricultural activities.
- Programs, projects, and activities that are intended to generate a greater understanding and appreciation of agriculture and the food and fiber industries throughout the region.
- Programs that recognize the accomplishments of leaders of the agriculture and food and fiber industries.
- Programs that are undertaken to study or advance the economic viability of agriculture and the food and fiber industries in the Northeast.
- Special activities and events that promote agriculture/horticulture/forest products/commercial fishing industry interest.

The Foundation encourages proposals from organizations that promote or facilitate minority involvement in agriculture and agriculture-related businesses. To facilitate this diversity objective, the funding source will accept and consider one-county proposals that would otherwise not be eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180342

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Priority is given to programs and projects having a Northeast (eight states) impact and clearly address the program goals. Statewide and regional projects are also eligible. Geographic eligibility includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Ineligible Projects:

- One county or local school projects
- Programs and projects of non-agricultural charities
- Contributions for political support purposes, scholarships or memberships in professional societies or trade organizations
- General operating funds and ongoing program support
- Support for website administration and enhancement
- Capital or building projects
- Projects for an individual or individual farm operation
- The Farm Credit AgEnhancement program is not intended as a source of funds for contributions to annual state meetings, general business or corporate meetings or regularly scheduled conferences.
- Farm Credit AgEnhancement will not fund indirect costs associated with sponsored projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals for Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement grant funding will be considered three times per year. Application materials must be received by the close of business April 1, August 1 and December 1. Receipt of projects after these dates will be held for consideration in the next review.

The following materials are to be submitted via the online application:

1. Completion of the one-page Northeast Farm Credit AgEnhancement Application Summary. Be sure to complete all the information regarding funding requested.
2. A letter outlining the purpose of the proposed program, activity or event and describing how it will be conducted.

It is recommended that the application should be submitted in a grant cycle well in advance of the project date so that if the project is funded, the applicant will receive funding prior to the project start date.

Applicants will be notified by email that the application has been received. Notification of the funding decision will normally be within 30 days of the application deadline.

Program guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact Jill Eyre at 800-831-4230 or send an email to

Farm Credit AgEnhancement Program
615 Minot Avenue
Auburn, ME 04210

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Rhode Island;   Vermont