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Grants to New Hampshire Farms in Eligible Locations to Strengthen Operations

Monadnock Food Co-op (MFC) Farm Fund


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
193513

Funding Source
Cheshire County Conservation District
and Monadnock Food Co-op (MFC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Hampshire: Cheshire County and abutting towns

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/01/24 - Postmarked or emailed Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to New Hampshire farms in eligible locations to increase food production and improve sales. Funding is intended to address a wide range of needs including, but not limited to the purchase of equipment or infrastructure, packaging and labeling design needs, farmland conservation, and technical assistance. Eligible applicants are located in Cheshire County and abutting New Hampshire towns.

The mission of the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund is to bolster local farmers' efforts to expand sustainable food production for wholesale markets, contributing to the vitality of the local farming economy. Funds can be used to support a range of projects, including the purchase of equipment and infrastructure, farmland conservation, packaging and labeling design needs, and technical assistance. The Farm Fund grant program aligns with several shared goals of the Co-op and Conservation District, such as fostering the sustainability of farm businesses and the local economy, preserving farmland, and ensuring the responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

This year, there will be an additional funding category for emergency disaster relief - relief from the financial strain of crop and/or livestock loss caused by weather events.  Please use the Emergency Relief Application Form if seeking support in this category.

The Monadnock Food Co-op (MFC) in partnership with the Cheshire County Conservation District (CCCD) request proposals from farms who seek funding to make investments in the following project categories:

  • Food safety planning and infrastructure
  • Equipment for efficient and sustainable food production and harvesting
  • Food storage infrastructure
  • Equipment for value-added food production
  • Packaging and labeling development, including the design of logos
  • Cost share for technical assistance including business and financial planning from the NH Community Loan Fund or other reputable providers
  • Critical farm infrastructure and necessary capital improvements for long-term farm viability. This project category is only available for farms who have been established and contributing to the agricultural economy for more than ten years.
  • Support for farmland conservation (this could include succession planning and attorney fees associated with the permanent protection of farmland)
  • Emergency Relief – relief from the financial strain of crop and/or livestock loss caused by weather events. Please use the Emergency Relief Application Form if seeking support in this category. 


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include farms in Cheshire County and abutting NH towns.

If applying for Emergency Relief, the eligibility has been expanded to also include agricultural producers in NH and VT that have an established vendor relationship with the Monadnock Food Co-op.

Farm businesses in operation for at least one year and have secure access (own, lease) to land on which the operator is farming. If renting, the lease must be in writing, and have a term long enough for the farmer to complete the proposed improvement project and see a return on the investment. To receive funding a farm must operate in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local regulations.

Ineligible
The following will not be funded:
- Farm staff time
- Advertising
- Research and feasibility studies
- Efforts that will not lead to increased production and wholesale sales
- Day to day operational costs (e.g. seeds, mulch, fertilizer, etc.)

Pre-Proposal Conference
Interested farmers are invited to attend the Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund Zoom Information Session. Learn more about the Farm Fund grant, hear about past successful applications, and have your questions answered about the upcoming grant round!

When: December 5, 2023 @ 6:00PM
Where: Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81565190972)
Info Session Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflfehgOELd-bFW1A9_lfcFwxFng0kgOlnpLexbO6BgxvlWAA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Pre-Application Information
Deadlines:
Applications for emergency disaster relief were due October 31, 2023. All other applications are due February 1, 2024.

Timeframe: Grant Award Funding Decisions and Allocations
1. RFP is available October 1, 2023
2. Proposals for Emergency Relief are due October 31, 2023
3. Proposals in other project categories are due February 1, 2024
4. Proposal review process. Applicants may be contacted for additional information to clarify the project February 1-28, 2024
5. All Applicants are notified of funding decision March 15, 2024
6. Project ends and report and photos are due December 31, 2024

The proposal can be submitted digitally or by hard copy in the mail. Applications must be postmarked by the due date.

No payment will be made for project costs incurred prior to notification of grant award.

Payment for the project will be made upon the completion of the project and submission of final report. 25-50% of project costs can be made available at the start of the project upon request with reasonable justification.

View a recording of the Information Session: http://farmfund.eventbrite.com/

Interested farmers are encouraged to watch the recording of this year’s informational session to learn more about eligibility, project types and grant requirements. Watch the recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWkZnPRh9xw&feature=youtu.be

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$20,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards no less than $500 and no greater than $20,000 will be considered.

Term of Contract
Project must be completed and final report submitted by December 31, 2024.

Contact Information
If you have inquiries about the grant, please call Amanda Littleton at 401-578-1608, or send an email to amanda@cheshireconservation.org.

Proposals Mailed to:
Monadnock Food Co-op Farm Fund
Cheshire County Conservation District
11 Industrial Park Dr
Walpole NH 03608

Or email to:
Amanda Littleton, see the email address above

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