Addressing High Priority, Critical and Emerging Issues

The opportunities and challenges facing NY farmers are constantly shifting.  The NYFVI focus grant program provides the flexibility to respond.

Focus Opportunity (FOC) projects typically have unique conditions related to urgent, emerging needs or high priority areas. Projects may have a broader scope, or require more coordination and multi-discipline collaboration than other efforts funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute. FOC funds have also been used as matching funds for other grants.

Funding priority goes to proposals that include farmer participation across agriculture sectors, production and management systems, or regions of the state.

Eligible grant applicants include 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 outcomes should benefit agriculture in the state.

There is no deadline to apply for Focus Opportunity funding.  Funding decisions typically occur after applications have been considered in the Institute's other grant programs.  Note: Funding is not always available.

Letter of Intent
Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent of no more than two typed pages, describing the the project's goals, implementation, partners and budget.  Submit letters by postal mail or email to the executive director

Following a review of the letter of intent, applicants may receive an invitation to provide additional information and/or submit an online Focus Opportunity application.