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Tennessee Statewide Agricultural Producer Association Grant Program (TAEP)

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Closed Indefinitely

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

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is providing this opportunity through the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). TAEP is a direct result of the State of Tennessee's continued commitment to supporting farm development and Tennessee's agricultural community.

The purpose of the Statewide Agricultural Producer Association Grant Program is to increase income to Tennessee farmers by providing assistance for eligible activities of statewide agricultural producer associations across Tennessee. These activities contribute to the education, training and marketing skills of Tennessee agricultural producers as well as developing markets for farm products. Total funding is limited and grant requests are competitive.


Eligibility Requirements

Grant funds are available to statewide agricultural producer associations who meet the eligibility requirements below. A qualified association must:

  1. Be statewide. Local and regional associations are not eligible to apply due to budget limitations.

  2. Clearly identified and quantifiable performance measures should be a part of the proposal.

  3. Associations must be legally organized (501C3, city or county government, university, etc.) and capable of receiving and managing state grant funds.

  4. Activities must meet all federal, state, and local building, food safety, and regulatory requirements.

Eligible Activities

Emphasis is placed on activities that directly impact the greatest number of producers and increase agricultural and forestry related economic opportunity. Projects must be innovative and not a substitute for existing programs. Eligible activities include:

  1. Identifying and utilizing new marketing opportunities for agriculture and forestry related products

  2. Increasing sales of agriculture and forestry related products grown in Tennessee

  3. Education, demonstration, and training

  4. Expert speakers, training materials, and related educational items

  5. Statewide producer meeting expenses

  6. Other, as pre-approved by TDA 

Application Instructions

Submit project proposal, estimated cost, and any additional relevant information to:

Tennessee Department of Agriculture

Attn: Rachel Sullivan

PO Box 40627

Nashville, TN 37204



December 1, 2019

Financial Instrument


Updated March 27, 2024

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