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CT Department of Agriculture

Climate Smart Agriculture and Forestry Grant

$7 million
Agriculture, Forestry

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture, through Public Act 22-118 was allocated a total of $7 million to support Climate Smart Agriculture production and practices.

These funds will be made available to the agricultural industry through a new grant program with the following parameters:  

There will be four grant allocation categories:

Tier 1: $100,000 to $249,999
Project duration: Up to 18 months
Tier 2: $250,000 to $499,999
Project duration: 18 months up to 2 years
Tier 3: $500,000 to $999,999
Project duration: 2-3 years
Tier 4: $1,000,000 and up
Project durations: 3-5 years

For all grant categories:

  • There is no match requirement
  • Administrative/indirect costs are allowable
  • All agricultural commodities, including forestry, are eligible
  • All production types (conventional, organic, indoor/outdoor, soil/water, etc.) are eligible 

Priority will be given to projects with the following components:

1.A low administrative percentage

2. Support historically underserved farmers, including but not limited to:

  • BIPOC producers
  • Veterans
  • New and beginning farmer (farming for 1-3 years)
  • Anyone in a protected class
  • Anyone that speaks English as a second language

3. Leverage funds to match a federal project

4. Enable farmers to participate in another climate smart farming program

5. Enable farmers to be fully compensated for partial reimbursement as a result of participating in a federal program

6. Collaboration with other applicants, amongst like organizations, or other established programs or state initiatives

7. Offer TA to program beneficiaries

8. Encourage peer to peer networking

50% advance of funds will be provided. Periodic reporting, data collection, and participation in quartering awardee meetings will be required.