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Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF)

Grants to Tennessee Businesses, Farmers, Nonprofits,
and Agencies for Agricultural Development Projects

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD)

Deadline Date:

06/19/20

Description:

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Grants to Tennessee farmers, agricultural, food and forestry businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local governments for agriculture development projects that will stimulate the economy and create jobs. Funding is intended for projects that increase capacity or agricultural innovation, increase farm income, and increase access to markets.

Priority will be given to businesses located in at-risk counties, distressed counties and counties adjoining at-risk or distressed counties.

Projects funded by the Agriculture Enterprise Fund must match the description of at least one of the following four categories. Many projects will potentially match the description of more than one category and applicants should indicate so on their application.

  • Increase in Farm Income: This category includes projects that will increase farm income by offering farmers higher commodity prices than other markets, processing value-added products for farmers, or allowing a single farmer to add value to their own farm products.
  • Increased Access to Markets: This category includes projects that will create or expand a market for Tennessee farmers or forest landowners, including reducing miles that farmers must transport their products to market or creating a new market entirely. 
  • Increased Capacity: This category includes projects that will expand the capacity of an existing agricultural, food, or forestry business, including their production or processing capacity or the number of employees.
  • Agricultural Innovation: This category is appropriate for entrepreneurs who wish to market a new technological innovation with the potential to impact Tennessee agriculture or the forestry industry by creating efficiencies in production, reducing costs, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184303

Estimated Size of Grant:

AEF funds may not be more than 25% of the project’s total budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applicants must be a Tennessee entity (i.e. agriculture, food, or forestry business, farmer, local government, or nonprofit in Tennessee) or have a project based in Tennessee.
- Applicants must demonstrate that their project will increase farm income for local farmers, enhance access to agricultural markets, increase the capacity of their business, or contribute to the agriculture industry through innovation.
- Applicants must be making an investment into the project. AEF funds may not be more than 25% of the project’s total budget.
- Applicants must submit project updates to measure the impact of the grant on the applicant as well as the local economy, and agree to work with the Department of Agriculture to track the success of the project.
- Applicants may not submit proposals that will result in relocation of a facility from one place in Tennessee to another.
- Applicants must purchase at least 25% of any agricultural inputs from Tennessee producers. This requirement may be relaxed when compliance would be impracticable – i.e. in times of drought, disease, etc.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.tn.gov/agriculture/businesses/aef/submit-an-application_rd.html

For questions, contact:
Kyle.Hensley@tn.gov
(615) 767-9758

jessie.campbell@tn.gov
(931) 619-6368

Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
615-837-5103
TN.Agriculture@TN.gov

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