The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Reinvestment Grant
Program is designed
to strengthen the economic viability of Connecticut’s agricultural
producers through long-term capital-fixed-asset and diversification
projects. In 2007 and 2008, 48 producers, non-profit organizations
and municipalities were awarded more than $1.5 million in grants.
Farmers use the funds to expand or improve their
farms. Non-profit organizations and municipalities may use the grants for town or regional planning purposes, as long as
agricultural components are involved.
cow pot production facilities to more common projects like
here is the list of recipients for
Approved farm projects
include farm expansion through the building of greenhouses, dairy
facilities, equine enterprises, cheese processing facilities, commercial
kitchens, and fruit and vegetable packing facilities.
“These grants are
awarded on a competitive basis and a match must be supplied by the
applicant,” Agriculture Commissioner F. Philip Prelli said. “They are
evaluated on the soundness of the applicants’ business plans and the
long-term feasibility of the proposed projects. We want to be certain
that we are supporting projects that will best serve the state’s
residents for many years to come."
The Department of
Agriculture’s share of the budget for each project is capped at $50,000
in matching funds. Grantees will have up to one year to complete the
project, according to the terms of their contract. The applicant must
provide matching funds that meet or exceed the grant award.
Viability Grants are made available through Public Act 05-228, An Act
Concerning Farmland Preservation, Land Protection, Affordable Housing
and Historic Preservation. “This landmark legislation serves to protect
and preserve Connecticut for future generations,” Governor Rell said.
“It provides funding for municipal open space grants, farm viability and
preservation, historic preservation and new and existing affordable
housing programs, along with new infrastructure to support and promote
agriculture in the state.”
The Department of
Agriculture plans to open up the grant application period again in Fall
2008. For more information, please visit
www.CTGrown.gov and click on “Programs and Services” at the top of