FVI Grant Program

Helping Farmers Know What Works

NYFVI is pleased to share this annual Request for Proposals (RFP) for our 2021 competitive grant program. We are seeking proposals that have clear relevance to New York’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support, and the ability to deliver farm-level economic impact over time.

The online application system will open in late July. Applications will be due October 17, 2021.

Informational Webinars will be held Tuesday August 10th at 10 am and Wednesday, September 18th at 1 pm. Applicants are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. Registration is available here.

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We are asking applicants to carefully review our mission statement and portfolio priorities and show us how your proposed work will create and share knowledge that will ultimately result in measurable farm-level impact. We want you to help farmers know what works to solve their most pressing challenges or leverage their biggest opportunities.

Measurement matters. The board is particularly interested in proposals with strong evaluation plans that clearly articulate how they will measure the economic benefits of your work. If there are no economic benefits during the life of the grant, state that clearly and indicate how you will evaluate the potential for future economic benefits.

Similar to past years we are interested in projects focused on evaluating the benefits of new technologies.

We are particularly interested in proposals that accelerate practice adoption.

Ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrating the value of new technology and tools. We call this the “Consumer Reports” approach. How will your work help farmers understand which new tools or practices are most valuable, and in which situations?
  • Increasing the use of data based decision making on farms. 
  • Projects that help farmers see the economic value of practices to their business.

The board is notably interested in proposals that align with NYFVI’s mission and priorities in the topic areas of:

  • Antimicrobial use
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Climate change impacts
  • Food system resiliency
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Soil health
  • Water quality

Applicants are strongly encouraged to carefully review the RFP. For your convenience, it has been formatted both electronically and as a pdf. There are six sections:

PDF file of the RFP

Online Application System
All applications must be submitted online through our web-based system, and applicants must register for credentials. 

Applications will be accepted from July 26, 2021 through 11:59 pm October 17, 2021. 

Applicants must file all internal paperwork, receive any permission, grant office numbers, or other requirements of your employer, prior to submitting an application; failure to do so may make applications ineligible for funding consideration.

On November 2, 2021, staff will provide written feedback to applicants. Applicants will have the opportunity to revise their proposal based on that feedback.  Revised proposals are due no later than November 14, 2021.

If you have not previously used the NYFVI online applications system, you will need to apply for system credentials.  Don’t wait until the last minute, staff is available to activate your log in and password only during normal business hours.

Questions? We’re always happy to help. Call NYFVI staff at 315-453-3823.