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Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore flank representatives of Montague Farms in Isle of Wight County on March 9, 2014.
Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Haymore flank representatives of Montague Farms in Isle of Wight County on March 9, 2014. The company received the first AFID Grant of the McAuliffe Administration.

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Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID)
AFID Planning Grants

Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID)

(Information about AFID Planning Grants can be found here)

During the 2012 General Assembly session, Governor McDonnell introduced legislation to establish a new economic development tool specifically for agriculture and forestry value-added or processing projects.  Created as the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID), the legislation passed and was funded with broad bipartisan support from the Virginia General Assembly. Click here to view the new statute. AFID grants are now available for political subdivisions of the Commonwealth interested in growing their agriculture and forestry industries by strategically targeting for assistance those businesses that add value to Virginia grown agriculture and forestal products.   

AFID grants are made at the discretion of the Governor with the expectation that grants awarded to a political subdivision will result in a new or expanded processing/value-added facility for Virginia grown agricultural or forestal products.  The amount of an AFID grant and the terms under which it is given, are determined by the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry and approved by the Governor.  An AFID grant is awarded to a political subdivision for the benefit of the company, with the expectation that the grant will be critical to the success of the project. 

Grants are made upon an application by both the locality and the business beneficiary for a project under the following conditions:

Businesses interested in AFID should first contact their local economic development professional, or other appropriate representative of the political subdivision, to discuss the qualifying project.  If the political subdivision is interested in applying for the grant and providing the required local match, they should contact the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to discuss the application process. 

Factors used by the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in determining grant awards and conditions include:  anticipated levels of job creation, capital investment, amount of Virginia-grown agricultural and forestal products used by the project, as well as projected impact on agricultural and forestal producers, a return on investment analysis, and an analysis of the impact on competing businesses located in the area.

Program Documents:

Program Summary
Guidelines

News Release(s):

March 10, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces First AFID Award to Promote Economic Development, Increase Agricultural Exports

March 19, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 40 New Jobs in Nottoway County

April 9, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 70 New Jobs in City of Hopewell

June 20, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 98 New Jobs in Augusta County

June 30, 2014
Governor McAuliffe Announces 25 New Jobs in the City of Charlottesville
Contact:
Stephen Versen
AFID Fund Coordinator
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
102 Governor Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804.786.6911
E-mail: Stephen.Versen@vdacs.virginia.gov

 

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