TRRC Agribusiness Grant Program

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $800,000

Deadline: Oct 4, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Virginia: Amelia County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Bland County, Bristol city Expand all

Location of residency: Virginia

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Overview:

Developing a Diverse Economy in Southern and Southwest Virginia

The Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission is a 28-member body created by the 1999 General Assembly. Its mission is the promotion of economic growth and development in tobacco-dependent communities, using proceeds of the national tobacco settlement. To date, the Commission has awarded 2,036 grants totaling more than $1.1 billion across the tobacco region of the Commonwealth, and has provided $309 million in indemnification payments to tobacco growers and quota holders.

Agribusiness Grant Program

Objectives

Make strategic investments in projects that will diversify the long-term Agribusiness economy of Virginia's tobacco region and generate net new income for agricultural producers in the tobacco region.

The Agribusiness Committee hears proposals from applicants for grants or loans to support agriculture and forestry enterprises from across the Tobacco Region. These proposals can be for specific projects, infrastructure to support agricultural enterprise, or for programmatic funding in support of the region’s agriculture industry. 

Logic Models

The following "Logic Models" from the Commission's Strategic Plan describe Agribusiness investment strategies (i.e. the types of projects funded by the program), and the Project Outputs, and Targeted Outcomes the program intends to accomplish.

  • Investment Strategy: Applied Research & Education
    • Project Outputs: Focus - participating producers, crops planted, livestock used
      • Targeted Outcomes:
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Commercial Agriculture Product Processing facilities
    • Project Outputs: Focus - producers using facility, additional revenue from facility 
      • Targeted Outcomes:
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Community Food Processing Facilities
    • Project Outputs: Focus - producers using facility, additional revenue from facility 
      • Targeted Outcomes:
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Cost Share Programs
    • Project Outputs: Focus - participating producers, additional yield, additional acreage
      • Targeted Outcomes:
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Crop Demonstration 
    • Project Outputs: Focus - participated producers, acreage of alternative crops, adoption by producers, additional revenue from alternative crops
      • Targeted Outcomes: 
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Livestock Demonstration
    • Project Outputs: Focus - participating producers, quantity of livestock, adoption by producers, additional revenue from alternative livestock
      • Targeted Outcomes:
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Local Farmers Markets
    • Project Outputs: Focus - producers using facility, additional revenue from facility 
      • Targeted Outcomes
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Multi-purpose Agricultural Centers
    • Project Outputs: Focus - producers using facility, additional revenue from facility 
      • Targeted Outcomes
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation
  • Investment Strategy: Wholesale & Retail Cooperative Marketing
    • Project Outputs: Focus - additional revenue from product demand, product delivered in new geographic areas
      • Targeted Outcomes
        • Increase sustainable agribusinesses and exports
        • Increase effective and efficient agricultural and livestock production
        • Increase agricultural and livestock diversity and innovation


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

Eligibility:

  • Applications for grant funds will only be accepted from public or incorporated non-profit private organizations located in and/or providing economic revitalization programs, services, or facilities in the tobacco region. 
  • Eligible applicants including the following:
    • Government Entities - Government entities within the tobacco region or their duly constituted political subdivisions.
      • This includes the governing body of any city, county or town (“locality”); governing body of a local or regional industrial or economic development authority; regional authority, and other governmental unit. 
    • Non-Profit Organizations - Incorporated non-profit organizations designated as tax-exempt by the federal Internal Revenue Service, such as 501(c)(3) entities. 
    • Educational Institutions - Public or private non-profit institutions of higher education, and other education or training institutions constituted and located in Virginia; or entities not constituted in Virginia but with significant, enduring investments and service delivery in the tobacco region.
  • Matching Funds: at least  50% of the Total Project Costs are to be provided from non-TRRC funds, unless otherwise approved  by a two-thirds majority of Commissioners.

Preferences:

  • Priority is given to projects with the following characteristics:
    • align with the Commission’s Strategic Plan, and with the outputs and outcomes identified for the specific grant program (e.g. granting of nationally-recognized academic/workforce credentials in Education, creation of net new income for agricultural producers in Agribusiness etc.). 
    • are regional in their implementation and impacts (i.e. governance, direct financial participation or service area). 
    • the appropriate partner organizations have direct involvement and capacity to successfully implement the project.
    • meet or exceed required matching funds and thereby leverage significant other financing.
    • demonstrate that all financing necessary to complete and sustain the project is committed and available. 

Ineligibility:

  • The following list illustrates uses of Commission funds that generally do not align with Commission objectives and should be avoided in grant proposals and requests for grant disbursement.
    • Commission funds should not be used outside the defined tobacco region (unless explicitly approved by the Commission). 
    • Commission funds should not be used to supplant other state or federal funds for which an applicant is eligible. This includes financing options for off-site utility improvements. 
    • Commission funds should not be used for regularly recurring local responsibilities (e.g. comprehensive plans, K-12 school funding). 
    • Commission funds should not be used to finance endowments.
    • Commission funds should not be used for debt retirement.
    • Commission funds should not be used for on-going operation costs beyond a start-up period that has been explicitly approved by the Commission. 
    • Commission funds should be invested in projects that generate substantial direct and measurable new economic activity in a region. Commission funds should not be used for projects that indirectly affect economic revitalization (e.g. community centers, childcare centers, 4H centers, YMCA or recreational initiatives, airports, local arts and cultural activities, historic preservation, housing and retail development) unless it is demonstrated that the investment will produce significant economic impacts from outside the Commission service area. 
    • Commission funds should not be used for project administration, indirect project costs or for activities initiated prior to grant approval. 
    • Commission funds should not be used to acquire or make improvements to privately owned property or to acquire or improve equipment for/in private ownership unless there are defined and documented public purposes met, to include creation of new jobs and new taxable private capital investment, and such expenditures have been explicitly approved by the Commission.