Farm Transition Grant (FTG)

Eligibility

The following entities are eligible to apply for all Farm Transition Grant categories:

  1. Agricultural producers, singularly or jointly, whether such producers are owners or tenants of existing agribusiness within the State of Connecticut
  2. Agricultural cooperatives

To apply for the New Farmer Micro Grant, eligible entities must meet the following to qualify:

  • Apply for or possess a Farmers’ Tax Exemption Permit through the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services
  • Have a 2–5-year business plan drafted
  • Complete and submit a crop plan
  • Be the operation owner
  • Production history of at least one full year up to three years
  • Tenants must include a written agreement between all necessary parties regarding the submitted project*

To apply for the Infrastructure Investment Grant, Research and Development Grant, and Innovation and Diversification Grant eligible entities must meet the following to qualify:

  • Be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State, if established as a limited liability corporation or incorporation
  • Possess a Farmers’ Tax Exemption Permit
  • Three years of Farmer’s tax exemption certificates are required to be provided upon request by the Department
  • Tenants must include a long term written lease agreement between all necessary parties regarding the submitted project*

Previous awardees to the Farm Transition Grant can reapply. Past awards and corresponding project completion will be taken into consideration when evaluating applications. 

*A template landlord agreement can be found in the Documents/Forms section.