Farm Viability Grant Program
The Farm Viability Grant Program for Municipalities & 501 c(3) Agricultural Non Profits (FVG) (C.G.S. Sec. 22-26j) is a competitive matching grant program that may only be used by municipalities, regional planning agencies, association of municipalities, and 501 c(3) agricultural non profits. The maximum FVG grant award is $49,999. A 50% match is required and the match can be in “in-kind” services or funding from other sources. A 40% match is required for 501 c(3) agricultural non profits and the match can be in "in-kind" services or funding from other sources.
These grants may be used for capital projects, agriculture friendly land use regulations, planning projects or for initiatives to support agriculture. Applicants may apply more than one time even if have previously received FVG grant money.
The state monies that go towards this program are specifically set aside with the passage of Public Act 05-228, commonly known as “The Community Investment Act” (C.G.S Sec. 4-66aa). Unlike state bonding, this Act generates a dedicated revenue stream to fund the program so it is guaranteed to be available on an annual basis.
Municipalities and 501 c(3) agricultural non profits may request a 50% "up front" payment prior to initiation of the project. Applicants have one year to complete the project once the contract is signed.
The FVG has been a success and we encourage municipalities to apply!
The current application period will close November 8, 2013
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