Agriculture & Forestry Development
The Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) Infrastructure Grant program is designed to support sustainable local food systems by investing in the infrastructure that supports small-scale agricultural producers, farmers’ markets and food hubs. Drawing from the AFID Fund, the new AFID Infrastructure Grant program competitively awards matching grants of up to $25,000 in partnership with local governments for community infrastructure development projects that support local food production and sustainable agriculture. Special reduced match requirements are available to projects in economically distressed localities or underserved communities and for those benefiting multiple small-scale producers.
Created by Del. Sam Rasoul’s House Bill 2068 during the 2021 General Assembly session, the AFID Infrastructure Program is focused on awarding reimbursable grants primarily for capital projects at new and existing food hubs, farmers’ markets, commercial kitchens and other value-added facilities such as those used for processing and packaging meats, dairy products, produce, or other Virginia-grown products. Small farmers, food producers, local food systems advocates and others interested in building their community’s local food and farming infrastructure are encouraged to learn more about the program and work with their localities to identify and develop suitable projects.
The next AFID Infrastructure grant round is open from April 1, 2022 to May 15, 2022, with awards announced by June 30, 2022. Grant documents are posted below.
Stephen Versen, Manager
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