Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Grant

Overview

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, through Public Act 22-118 was allocated a total of $7 million to support Climate Smart Agriculture production and practices.

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A virtual workshop to assist interested applicants in learning about the grant program, application requirements, and submission process will occur on Monday, December 19, 2022, from 10am-11:30am via Webex. Click here to register for the webinar. If you are unable to attend the webinar, the presentation will be recorded and posted here afterwards.

These funds will be made available to the agricultural industry through a new grant program with the following parameters:  

There will be four grant allocation categories:

Tier 1: $100,000 to $249,999
Project duration: Up to 18 months
Tier 2: $250,000 to $499,999
Project duration: 18 months up to 2 years
Tier 3: $500,000 to $999,999
Project duration: 2-3 years
Tier 4: $1,000,000 and up
Project durations: 3-5 years

For all grant categories:

  • There is no match requirement
  • Administrative/indirect costs are allowable
  • All agricultural commodities, including forestry, are eligible
  • All production types (conventional, organic, indoor/outdoor, soil/water, etc.) are eligible 

Priority will be given to projects with the following components:

1.A low administrative percentage

2. Support historically underserved farmers, including but not limited to:

  •  BIPOC producers
  • Veterans
  • New and beginning farmer (farming for 1-3 years)
  • Anyone in a protected class
  • Anyone that speaks English as a second language

3. Leverage funds to match a federal project

4. Enable farmers to participate in another climate smart farming program

5. Enable farmers to be fully compensated for partial reimbursement as a result of participating in a federal program

6. Collaboration with other applicants, amongst like organizations, or other established programs or state initiatives

7. Offer TA to program beneficiaries

8. Encourage peer to peer networking

50% advance of funds will be provided. Periodic reporting, data collection, and participation in quartering awardee meetings will be required.