Agriculture Innovation Center
Proposals to the Agriculture Innovation Center (AIC) grant program focus on agricultural economic development, which includes business planning and development, financial analysis and record keeping, product marketing and distribution, and adding value to agricultural products, among others.

Funding priority goes to proposals that include farmer participation across agricultural sectors, commodities, production management systems, or regions of the state. In addition, AIC projects should demonstrate an intent to achieve financial viability beyond the life of the grant funds. All projects should fill a need that is not already being met by other organizations or programs.

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.

Grants awarded

For examples of previously funded Agriculture Innovation Center projects, please visit the Projects Funded section of this website. In the Project Database, search projects by grant and select "AIC" generate a list of previously-funded projects in this grant program.

For the 2015 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 was November 16, 2014. For the grant funding timeline, click here.

Request for Proposals

Click here for the full 2015 AIC Request for Proposals.