New England Farmland Access, Succession, and Transfer Grants - American Farmland Trust

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New England Farmland Access, Succession, and Transfer Support Grants (FAST)

Overview

Launched in 2020, the New England Farmer Microgrants Program (NEFMP) is a grant program that provides direct financial support to farmers across New England. The program seeks to address some of the key barriers faced by farmers in the region: access to farmland, farm succession/transfer planning, and the adoption of regenerative farming practices. 

The program’s Farmland Access, Succession, and Transfer Support Grants provide direct financial assistance to farmers for projects that facilitate farmland access, succession, or transfer.  Some examples of eligible projects include: farmland purchase or leasing transaction costs, consultant and attorney fees, surveys, appraisals, agriculture conservation easement fees.

ELIGIBILITY:

For the 2023-24 cycle, eligibility for FAST grants is limited to farmers located in Maine, Rhode Island, or the Eastern counties of Massachusetts (Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes, and Nantucket). Click here to see the grant guidelines.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  —  Deadline Extended  —  

Applications for the 2023-24 FAST cycle will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis until January 31st, 5:00pm.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications by the original deadline of November 21st will be reviewed first, and will be notified of their status in January.

Applications received after November 21st will be reviewed monthly. We strongly encourage early applications, as funding is limited. Please reach out to our program staff with any questions: kirvin@farmland.org or 413-419-0023 (Mon-Fri).

We encourage online applications through our Survey Monkey Apply portal. The application is available in a Word document for download/printing as well. If applicants choose to mail in their application, they must be postmarked no later than January 31st.

Applicants are required to include a letter of support along with their application. Refer to our letter of support guidance document for more information.

Applicants can request up to $5,000 under this funding opportunity.  

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APPLICATION SUPPORT 

For applicants needing translation or interpretation services, AFT has limited support available. Please reach out to our program coordinator, Kristen Irvin, at kirvin@farmland.org 

We welcome applications submitted by service provider staff or advisors in collaboration with the farmer applicant. 

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