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Massachusetts APR Improvement Program (AIP)

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Closed April 18, 2024

AIP provides business planning and technical assistance to commercial farms with land that has already been protected through MDAR’s Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program.

The program assists with issues of financial viability, resource conservation, family succession, modernization of infrastructure and other issues that may enhance the long term continued use of the agricultural resource. Grant funds of $60,000-$120,000 may be available on a cost reimbursement basis, with a 25% required match, for capital infrastructure improvements on the farm identified through the planning process including resource improvements, new or improved agricultural buildings including barns, livestock housing, farm stands or processing facilities.


  • Eligible respondents must be operators of farmland that has been protected through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources’ Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program for at least 5 years and have been actively farming this APR property for at least the past 3 years.

  • Eligible farms must be private for profit operations with Gross farm income of at least $10,000, as shown on Schedule F or Form 1120, or other relevant tax statements from the most recent tax year.

  • Eligibility requirements may vary from year to year and can be found during open application periods in the Request for Responses for the APR Improvement Program at


If selected for Phase I of the program, farmers must agree to participate in a business planning process intended to help them increase the economic viability of their farm. Participants receive assistance to develop a business plan including financial projections. Additional technical assistance may also be available. This process usually takes about 5 months. Upon approval of a completed plan by the program coordinator, the farm may be eligible to move to Phase II of the Program to receive a grant for eligible capital projects identified in the plan intended to increase farm viability. 

Application Instructions

To apply, Applicants must assemble the following documents

  • A completed Attachment A: Application Response Form that is signed by all applicants and all landowners (Available in the Request for Proposals)

  • An aerial photograph or map with the farm property outlined. Please note areas that are restricted by the APR and any area that is excluded from the APR. Aerial photos are available online or can be prepared by your USDA-NRCS field office with advance notice. If the Applicant has an up-to-date NRCS Farm Conservation Plan, the Applicant may submit copies of maps or aerial photos from the Plan.

Submit these documents online as attachments to with subject: "AIP APPLICATION"


Mail or hand deliver hard copies to the following address: Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Attn: APR Improvement Program

138 Memorial Ave, Suite 42

West Springfield, MA 01089



April 18, 2024

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Updated March 27, 2024

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