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New York State New Farmers Grant Fund Program

Grants to New York Farms to Expand Production and
Support Profitability Using Innovative Techniques

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New York State, Empire State Development

Deadline Date:

01/25/19 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 to New York farm operations to help farmers with less than 10 years' experience improve profitability. Program goals include the adaptation of innovative techniques that improve sustainability, and expanding and diversifying production.

The 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; and/or
- Advancing innovative techniques that increase sustainable agricultural production 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184524

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may provide a minimum of $15,000 and a maximum of $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Costs must be incurred after March 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Farmers/Farms (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; and
- The farm operation must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income from sales of agricultural products grown or raised on the applicant’s farm operation as reflected in either personal or business 2017 tax returns; and
- All owners must be New York State Residents of at least 18 years of age; and
- As of April 1, 2018, all owners must be in the first ten years of having an ownership interest in any farm operation; and
- 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 applicants include the following:
- Business Corporations
- Sole Proprietorships
- Limited Liability Company
- Partnerships
- Subchapter S Corporations
- Agricultural Cooperatives

Ineligible applicants include the following:
- Not-for-profit 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, 2019;
- Costs not directly related to the project;
- Land purchase or lease;
- Residential facilities;
- Automobiles, trucks, boats (except those designed exclusively for aquaculture purposes, e.g. oyster barges), trailers, and 4-wheelers;
- Educational programs;
- Retail enterprises;
- Eating and/or drinking establishments, including tasting rooms;
- Event space;
- 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; ponds and collection basins;
- 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.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by January 25, 2019. Applications postmarked after such date will not be accepted. Based on interest in the program and the availability of program funds, the deadline for submission of applications may be extended by ESD at its discretion.

It is anticipated grant awards will be announced in late spring/early summer 2019.

Grants may provide 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.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:
NYS New Farmers Grant Fund
Empire State Development
625 Broadway, 8th floor
Albany, NY 12207

Bonnie Devine

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USA: New York