Agriculture Innovation Center
Proposals to the Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) grant program focus on business planning, business structure, marketing, marketing planning, distribution, business expansion, business transfer, keeping and expanding land in agricultural production, and developing or enhancing value-added product recipes and techniques.
Funding priority goes to proposals that include farmer participation across agricultural sectors, commodities, production management systems, or regions of the state.
Eligible grant applicants include farmers, producer groups, researchers, educators, organizations, agencies and businesses. Applicants may represent nonprofit or for-profit sectors. Projects should work with New York State resident farmers and demonstrate outcomes that benefit agriculture in the state.
For examples of previously funded Agriculture Innovation Center projects, please visit the Funded Projects section of this website. Sort projects by ``AIC'' to generate a list of previously-funded projects.
For the 2013 grant-funding cycle, project duration was required to be between 6 months and 2 years, with requested funds not to exceed $150,000.
The deadline to apply for Agriculture Innovation Center grants in 2013 has passed. Stay tuned for our next round of funding, expected to begin in May, 2014. In the meantime, see the 2013 Request for Proposals for more information on the AIC grant program.