The Department is seeking an eligible entity to administer the $4 million Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmer Grant Program, which was funded in the 2022-2023 New York State Budget to assist farmers who face disproportionate social or economic barriers to success.
The administrator will accept applications for grants ranging from $5,000 to $250,000, which will be awarded on a competitive basis to eligible farmers. Socially disadvantaged individuals include those who have been subject to discrimination due to their race or ethnicity, including those who identify as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and Asian or Pacific Islander. Economically disadvantaged farmers include individuals whose farming opportunities have been hindered due to diminished capital, credit opportunities, or access to land, among other things, as compared to other similarly situated individuals who are not socially disadvantaged.
Proposals for the program administrator were due to the Department’s Division of Fiscal Management by 3:00 p.m. on April 18, 2023.
Mail or hand-deliver your proposal, in one sealed envelope or package. See the RFP for specific and complete instructions on how to prepare and address the proposal. The exhibits and documents below should also be reviewed carefully before submission.
Request for Proposals – RFP 0288 - Administrator for the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmers Competitive Grant Program
Proposals are due April 18, 2023.
Questions and Answers
Please see the document below for guidance on frequently asked questions.
The Department has held two virtual Farmer Fund Bidders Conferences to discuss the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Farmers Competitive Grant Program and the Beginning Farmers Competitive Grant Program. A recording of the webinar on February 10th can be viewed here, a recording of the webinar on March 14 can be viewed here, and the presentations from both webinars can be viewed below.