Connecticut Farm Viability Grant

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $49,999

Anticipated deadline: Nov 12, 2020 1:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut

Location of residency: Connecticut

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Grant Description

The Farm Viability Grant provides matching funds to Connecticut municipalities, groups of municipalities, regional councils of governments, and/or agricultural non-profit organizations for projects that foster agricultural viability.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that provide Connecticut Grown foods in schools/institutions especially on a yearround basis
  • Projects that assist farmers with meeting existing and emerging food safety requirements
  • Marketing and promotion of Connecticut agriculture
  • Municipal farmland projects that identify, preserve, and/or make available farmland soils to agricultural producers

The list above is not an exclusive list and is in no particular order; all projects submitted will be competitively evaluated. 

Funding for the Farm Viability Grant is provided through the State of Connecticut Agricultural Viability Grant Program, established in 2005 through Public Act 228-05, An Act Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing, and Historic Preservation. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The following entities are eligible to apply for the Farm Viability Grant:
    • Municipalities
    • Groups of municipalities
    • Regional councils of governments organized under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive
    • Groups of municipalities that have established a regional inter-local agreement pursuant to sections 7-339a to 7-339l, inclusive
    • Non-profit organizations with an agricultural mission 
      • To qualify for the Farm Viability Grant as a non-profit, the non-profit must be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State and provide a copy of federal and state tax identification forms.
      • Nonprofits must have submitted Form 990 and been in existence for the previous three years.
  • A 40% match must be provided. The match can be through cash or in-kind services.
  • Consultant expenses are allowable expenses.


  • The following are suggestions which will enhance the competitiveness of an application:
    • Projects that promote the availability of Connecticut Grown products on a year round basis
    • Practical projects which have a long-term impact
    • Communications which reach diverse populations and are multilingual (when applicable)
    • Aspects which acknowledge long-term planning for agriculture
    • Farmland preservation through traditional means or the Community Farms Preservation
    • Program through the Connecticut Department of Agriculture
    • Letters of support from partners and/or industry stakeholders


  • While it can vary, general purpose equipment - tractors, trucks, boats, etc. - are not an allowable purchase. However, each application and project is unique and may be considered.
  • Generally, grant funds cannot go toward the salaries of those already employed by the applicant to execute the project.
  • You cannot have started any aspect of the project for which you're applying.
  • The following expenses are generally not funded by the Farm Viability Grant: 
    • Employee salaries and fringe benefits to execute the project
    • General overhead costs and costs associated with doing business such as heat, rent, maintenance, electricity that would occur in absence of the project, and equipment such as computers or video equipment with usefulness beyond the boundaries of the project
    • Expenses related to maintaining the status quo of the current operation
    • Travel including, but not limited to, transportation, hotels, meals, or per diem
    • Permits
    • Furnishings, fixtures, agricultural general purpose equipment and items considered personal property
    • Machine storage, workshops, housing, classrooms, offices, etc.
    • Attorneys’ fees
  • The following expenses cannot be used as either a match or be covered by grant funds:
    • Any expense incurred prior to contract execution
    • Land acquisition/mortgages
    • Cost of borrowing (points and other fees)
    • Expenses to fund the start-up of a new organization
    • Any portion of an expense for which the applicant pays a contractor in merchandise or service in lieu of cash
    • Tuition/tuition reimbursement or career-related/scholarship funds
    • Routine business expenses or disposable supplies