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The Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID) Infrastructure Grant Program provides grants of no more than $25,000 per grant to political subdivisions for community infrastructure development projects that support local food production and sustainable agriculture. The grants are awarded competitively, paid out as reimbursements, and require matching funds. Applications will be taken and awards made primarily through funding rounds; however, projects may be considered on a rolling basis in special circumstances.
Priority Project Types
Consideration will be given to the following projects types:
- Processing facilities that are primarily locally owned, including commercial kitchens, packaging and labeling facilities, animal slaughtering facilities, or other facilities, and that are primarily utilized for the processing of meats, dairy products, produce, or other products
- Farmers’ markets
- Food hubs and other agricultural aggregation facilities
Interested businesses should submit their application to the Office of Economic Development for review by February 4, 2022.
Visit the VDACS website for full details as well as the application forms.