2019 NYFVI RFP: seeking proposals

Aileen Randolph, NYVFI

Applications are due by November 14, 2018

The New York Farm Viability Institute (NYFVI) is seeking applied research and education proposals for its 2019 competitive grant program. Successful proposals will have a clear relevance to New York’s agriculture community, demonstrated producer support and the ability to deliver positive farm-level impact. Applications are due by November 14, 2018.


Proposals are welcome from any individual, business or organization seeking to build and share knowledge that will improve the economic viability of New York’s farmers. The organization is especially interested in projects that enhance the operational practices of the farming community through innovative and practical technology.

NYFVI funds projects that reflect the diversity of New York’s agricultural production sectors, farm sizes, production practices and geographic regions.  The organization seeks to fund projects that demonstrate:

  • Broad-based support from farmers
  • Positive farm-level impacts
  • Cost-effectiveness and value


Proposals ranging from $15,000 to $125,000 will be accepted. Awards will be announced in mid-April, after the 2019-20 State Budget is passed, with funding available to begin work immediately. All proposals are evaluated, discussed and ranked by review panels organized by commodity area. The NYFVI Board of Directors, whose members are also farmers, makes the final funding decisions.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to read the full request for proposals. All applications must be submitted online. For questions or help with proposal development, applicants are encouraged to email or call NYFVI staff.  All information can be found at http://www.nyvfi.org

NYFVI staff will be conducting webinars to help project leaders understand the proposal requirements and develop successful applications.  Currently, two webinars are scheduled.

  • Thursday, September 20           10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, October 17        1:00 PM

Registration at http://www.nyvfi.org is required

The New York Farm Viability Institute receives generous support from the Governor and the New York State Legislature, through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. This request for proposals anticipates a funding appropriation in the 2019-20 New York State Budget.