NY Farm Viability Institute Requests Proposals for 2015 Grant ProgramThe New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) is excited to announce the opening of its 2015 competitive grants program. Applications for funds are currently being accepted, with a final deadline of November 16, 2014. NYFVI is a farmer-led nonprofit organization that works with farmers throughout NY State to identify and prioritize immediate needs, and then invests in research and outreach projects to meet those needs. NYFVI invests in projects that help farmers improve profitability or otherwise provide successful models for other farms to follow. The Institute seeks proposals that reflect the diversity of NY agriculture, incorporating diverse production sectors, farm sizes, production practices, and geographic regions. The NYFVI Board of Directors places an emphasis on funding projects that demonstrate real farm-level improvements during the life of the grant funding. For 2015, NYFVI will be funding projects in two distinct but complementary grant programs. Applications to the Agriculture Innovation Center grant program should focus on agricultural economic development, including business development, financial analysis, product marketing, and value-added agricultural products, among others. Applications to the Outreach and Applied Research grant program should focus on applied agricultural research, as well as outreach and education to promote new ideas and techniques. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to read the full request for proposals for the applicable grant program, which can be found at www.NYFVI.org. All applications must be submitted online at db.NYFVI.org. For questions or help with proposal development, project leaders are encouraged to contact NYFVI Grant Manager Kevin Jablonski at KJablonski@NYFVI.org. NYFVI staff will be conducting a series of webinars to describe the funding opportunities and application requirements, and to help project leaders develop successful applications. Currently, there are two webinars scheduled:
- Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m.
- Thursday, October 23 at 6 p.m.