** The 2020 NEFMP application period is now CLOSED. The 2021 NEFMP application round is expected to begin on January 1, 2021. **
In 2020, the first year of the NEFMP program, we awarded 41 farms. Click here to see who we funded.2020 NEFMP Awardees
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The New England Farmer Microgrants Program, launched by American Farmland Trust in 2020, will assist farmers in New England with financial barriers to land access, expanding onto new land, and farm succession planning. The goal of NEFMP is to fund farmers in two primary categories: professional services and infrastructure costs related to assuring agricultural land is in production.
Grants are intended to leverage other resources (either in-kind from the farmer, or other private and public funds) and make a real difference for farmers to access land, improve land security, or expand production.
AWARD AMOUNT & ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
*For this program, we define “farmer” as an individual, group, or organization who are intentionally cultivating annual or perennial crops or animals for harvest. We understand farming practices vary widely across New England and across communities. This grant does not support growing or raising products primarily for personal use, but is intended to allow production for community use. Applications that prioritize community-driven food security efforts are strongly encouraged
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning March 1, 2020.
GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION
For complete details about the grant program, including examples of eligible activities, download the grant guidelines.
A letter of support from a service provider (see sample letter here) is required for a complete application. We recommend reading the Guidelines and working with a service provider or mentor prior to filling out the application form.
Applications may be submitted electronically or by mail: