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 Farm Transition Grant


Applications for the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Program will be accepted from April 8, 2021 through April 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM

 

2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms Document updated as of March 18, 2021

The 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Cognito Form Links are below:

New Farmer Micro Grant Cognito Form Application Link 

Infrastructure Investment Grant Cognito Form Application Link 

Research and Development Grant Cognito Form Application Link

Innovation and Diversification Grant Cognito Form Application Link

2021 Farm Transition Grant Appendix B: Budget Fillable Form in Excel format

2021 Farm Transition Grant Appendix C: Grant Narrative Fillable Form in Word Format

 

The Farm Transition Grant Program (FTG) (C.G.S. Sec. 22-26j) is a competitive matching grant program for Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives to support the diversification of existing farm operations, transitioning to value-added agricultural production and sales, and other venues in which a majority of products sold are grown in the state. Please be aware: This is a reimbursement grant.

The FTG will look different this year as it has been updated to better serve the CT agricultural industry to include supporting new and beginning farmers to research and development for farm business expansion.

New this year for FY 2021 there are four different grant categories that eligible applicants may choose to apply for. Please review the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document above for detailed information on how to apply and the new grant categories. 

 

Applications will only be accepted according to the instructions outlined in the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document above.  

The information on this page is current as of March 11, 2021

 

 

Farm Transition Grant Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for the Farm Transition Grant (FTG)? 
Connecticut farmers and farmer cooperatives are eligible.

2. Can a beginning farmer apply for the FTG?
In 2021 new and beginning farmers are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Apply for or possess a Farmers’ Tax Exemption Permit through the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services
  2. Have a 2-5-year business plan drafted 
  3. Complete a crop plan 
  4. Be the operation owner and have been in production for a year or more 
  5. Tenants must include a written agreement between all necessary parties regarding the submitted project

3. When is the next application deadline date?

The application deadline will be April 15, 2021.

4. Does it do me any good to send in my grant application as early as possible? 
Applications are only accepted during the specified period. Applications submitted prior to the acceptance period will be returned.  

5. What is the maximum amount an applicant could be awarded?   
This is dependent upon which grant category you apply for.To view maximum award amounts for each category, review the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document.

6. Is there an applicant match involved?   
Yes, and it is dependent upon which grant category you apply for. To view match requirement amounts for each category, review the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document.

7. If I apply by the deadline does it mean I'll be funded?
No. This is a very competitive grant program.  Applications are evaluated by a team of reviewers and is primarily based on the submitted project plan within the grant narrative section. Please review the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document and Appendix C: Grant Narrative.

8. How is the grant money paid to someone who's been awarded?    
This is a reimbursement grant. Grant funds are paid after the project is successfully completed, a final financial report outlining all expenses associated with the project have been received and approved, a final narrative repor has been received and approved, and site inspection by agency staff is conducted.

9. What projects can the FTG grant money be used for? 
There are five different FTG categories that you may apply for and each have different eligible project types. Additional detail can be found on the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document.

10. Can I purchase equipment with the grant?
The eligibility of general-purpose equipment purchase with grant funds will be reviewed based on grant category and project usage. Equipment is an allowable match expense. 

11. Can I pay employees salaries with the grant?  
No, grant funds cannot go toward the salaries of those already employed by the business to execute the project.  Consultant expenses (electricians, hired contractors, etc.) are allowable expenses.  Salaries are an allowable match expense.  Justification for payment and hours worked by employees in the final financial report will be necessary.

12. Can I apply for grant funds for a project I've already done?   
No, you cannot have started any aspect of the project for which you're applying.

13. How long do I have to complete the project?    
You will have 18 months from the time the contract is signed by the Commissioner of Agriculture or Attorney General’s office (as applicable).

14. How do I apply for this grant?

  1. Review the grant application guidelines.
  2. Fill out and submit the Cognito Form that relates to the grant category you are applying for with the links listed above and available on the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document.

15. Can I submit my application by mailing it to the Department of Agriculture?   
No, applications components are only accepted via Cognito Forms and via email at agr.grants@ct.gov as outlined in the 2021 Farm Transition Grant Application Guidelines and Forms document.

16. Can I view the application of a successful/awarded project?  
No, we cannot share or distribute applications from projects that were awarded.  Applications, which are primarily based on a business/project plan, are considered proprietary information and must remain confidential. 

17. Can someone from the Department of Agriculture help me write my business/project plan and complete the application?
No, agency staff cannot be involved in the development of a project plan.

The Connecticut Small Business Development CenterUConn Cooperative Extension, and Farm Credit East have varying resources to help you submit develop an application. 

18. What's the timeframe for the grant application and decision period?   
It'll be a minimum of six weeks from the application deadline to when you're notified of the award outcome. The number of applications received affects this timeline significantly. Once notified of being awarded, it will be approx. 3-4 weeks before you receive your contract for signature. Once you send your signed contract back, it's another 4 weeks before the contract signing is complete and you can officially begin your project. This timeline can vary.

19. Can I start the project as soon as I know that I've been awarded?   
No, you may not start the project until signatures of the grantee, Commissioner of Agriculture, and the Attorney Generals office (as applicable) have signed the contract. 

20. If I've already received this grant in the past can I apply again?  
Yes. However, past performance will be taken into consideration.

21. Can I apply for more than one Farm Transition Grant Category?
No, you can only apply for one grant category annually. If you have additional questions on this, please contact the agency for assistance.