State Grant Programs

There are multiple state-level public funding opportunities available in all New England States. This list includes public state funding programs related to agriculture and farming-related environmental preservation. These programs are primarily housed in departments of agriculture, environment, and natural resources. Most are grant programs, but we've also included a few public agriculture-specific loan programs.

Each program is linked to its respective website, and almost all list an expected release date for the next round of request for proposals (RFP). Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that the expected funding cycle dates are based on best available information, not comprehensive knowledge. If you are interested in a particular program, it’s always a good idea to contact the contact person listed on the website for more information.

After you identify the programs that fit your needs, you can start to create a funding plan for your organization (there are lots of templates available for this – here’s a funding plan template to get you started).

CONNECTICUT

Farm Reinvestment Grants (next round undetermined)
Farm Transition Grants (next round expected April 2017)
Farm Viability Program for Municipalities (next round expected November 2016)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (next round expected February 2017)

MASSACHUSETTS

Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program (rolling application process)
Farm Viability Enhancement Program (next round expected April 2017)
Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (next round expected April 2017)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (next round expected March 2017)

MAINE

Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (next round expected March 2017)
Maine Farms for the Future (next round undetermined)
Farms for the Future Grants (next round undetermined)
Potato Marketing Improvement Loans (rolling application process)
Agricultural Marketing Loan Fund (rolling application process)

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Agricultural Mini-Grant Program (next round expected January 2017)
Specialty Crops Block Grant Program (next round expected January 2017)

RHODE ISLAND

Local Agriculture & Seafood Act Grant Program (next round expected December 2016)
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (next round expected January 2017)

VERMONT

Vermont Farm to School Grant Program (next round expected September 2017)
Working Lands Enterprise Initiative (next round expected December 2016)
Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (next round expected January 2017)

Federal Grant Programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) supports innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. The next deadline for applying for this funding is March 27th, 2017.

Farmers Market Promotion Program

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) provides funds for direct farmer-to-consumer marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism. Over the past 10 years, the FMPP has awarded more than 870 grants totaling over $58 million. The successful results of these investments are summarized in the Farmers Market Promotion Program 2016 Report.

Local Food Promotion Program

The Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) supports projects focused on intermediary supply chain activities for local food businesses. LFPP was established in the 2014 Farm Bill to increase funding for marketing activities such as aggregation, processing, storage, and distribution of local foods.

Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program

The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP) provides about $1 million in matching funds to state departments of agriculture, state colleges and universities, and other appropriate state agencies. Funds will support research projects to address challenges and opportunities in marketing, transporting, and distributing U.S. agricultural products.

Private Foundation Grant Programs

Coming soon!