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Connecticut Farm Viability Grant

Connecticut Department of Agriculture

Closed Indefinitely

Our sources indicate that this program is closed indefinitely and unlikely to reopen.

The Farm Viability Grant (FVG) is a competitive matching grant program open to municipalities, regional planning organizations, associations of municipalities, and agricultural non-profits. The maximum grant award is $49,999. Please be aware this is a reimbursement grant.


The following entities are eligible to apply for the Farm Viability Grant:

  1. Municipalities with a current Plan of Conservation and Development

  2. Regional councils of governments organized under the provisions of sections 4-124i to 4-124p, inclusive

  3. Groups of municipalities that have established a regional inter-local agreement pursuant to sections 7-339a to 7-339l, inclusive

  4. Agricultural non-profit organizations

To qualify for the Farm Viability Grant as a non-profit, the non-profit must be registered with the Connecticut Secretary of State and provide a copy of the federal IRS exemption letter. Nonprofits must have submitted Form 990 and been in existence for the previous three years.

Prior grantees may reapply for a Farm Viability Grant. However, open awards, past awards, and corresponding project completion and outcomes will be taken into consideration.

NEW: Starting in November 2020, applicants which have received two years of consecutive funding will be ineligible for an award for one year. Applicants can reapply for funding after taking a year hiatus. For example:

  • 2019: Project awarded

  • 2020: Project awarded

  • 2021: Ineligible for an award

  • 2022: Eligible for an award

All projects which focus on a farmers’ market, must pertain to a Certified Connecticut Grown Farmers’ Market for the full duration of the project to be eligible.


Matching funds from the applicant must be a minimum of 40% of the total cost of the project budget; this must be clearly outlined in the application. The match can consist of in-kind and/or cash contributions directly associated with the project. All match expenses must be clearly documented and justified.

After the issuance of a purchase order, one cash advance of up to 50% of the total grant award may be requested by the grantee. The balance of the award will be reimbursed upon project completion and submission of required documents. 

Application Instructions

A complete application includes:

The completed application must be submitted online through the Connecticut DoAg portal.


Release Date

December 29, 2023


April 8, 2022

Financial Instrument


Maximum Award Amount


Updated March 27, 2024

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