Young Farmer Grant  Minimize  
Deadline: R

ECEIVED by close of business (5:00 p.m. CT) on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. See submission instructions under Application Materials. 

 Availability: Twice a year (spring and fall)

Pursuant to the Texas Agriculture Code, Section 58.091, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers the Young Farmer Grant program (YFGP). The YFGP is administered by TDA under the direction of the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority (TAFA).

The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance in the form of dollar-for-dollar matching grant funds to young agricultural producers that are engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding an agricultural business in Texas.

TAFA’s Young Farmer Grant Program aims to:
  •  Grow and support Texas agriculture 
  •  Help meet a financial need that is otherwise not met 
  •  Help grow an operation that also impacts the community 

Who can apply?

Grant applications will be accepted from any individual person 18 years or older, but younger than 46 years of age as of the application deadline, who is engaged or will be engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas. Applications that merely propose to sustain an existing agricultural business are not eligible for an award under this program. Corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships or other types of foreign or domestic entities are not eligible for awards under this program. TDA will immediately disqualify any application filed on behalf of a corporation, limited liability company, partnership or other types of foreign or domestic entity. The applicant must be able to make dollar-for-dollar matching expenditures to sustain, create or expand the proposed project.

Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen and applicants must reside and operate in Texas.

Grant funds will not be awarded to multiple family members for the same project.  Each individual grant applicant must clearly describe a distinct project and demonstrate how the individual grant applicant will independently benefit from the Young Farmer Grant.

Program Highlights
  • Grant recipients that have a current, open grant may not receive a new grant during this cycle.  
  • Grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000 
  • Grant funds may not be used toward capital purchases (Personal property or other capital items with a unit cost of more than $5,000) 
  • Applicant must be able to make dollar-for-dollar matching expenditures Grant funds are paid to grant recipients on a reimbursement basis. Funds will be distributed to the grant recipient  upon TDA’s receipt of documentation, such as cancelled checks, paid invoices or properly issued vendor receipts evidencing that the grant recipient:  (1)  has expended the required amount of matching funds for the project; and (2)has incurred and paid out total expenses for the project in an amount equal to at least the full amount of the project budget. 
  • Costs must be within the term of the grant award 

What does a matching grant mean?
Matching funds are the amount of funds you are pledging in the matching column of the grant application and there is a 1:1 matching requirement.   For examples, if you are seeking a grant for $10,000 you will be expected to document a match of at least $10,000 for a total project of $20,000. In other words, for every $2 you spend you will be reimbursed $1, or 50% of each invoice your submit for payment if awarded the grant.

Applicants that indicate a higher matching amount on their grant application will be required to expend/document the amount listed in the budget section of application during the grant term. For example, if you are seeking a grant for $10,000 and said you would match $40,000 it would be the same as saying for every $5 you spend you will be reimbursed $1, or 20% of each invoice your submit for payment if awarded the grant.


Mindy Fryer
(512) 463-6908

Fax: (888) 223-9048

Application Materials
Application Tips

Things all applicants should consider:

  • Are they using correct forms?  Forms are generally updated each cycle.  Although some revisions may only be minor, the use of an old form will disqualify an applicant from consideration.
  • Budget tables (operation revenue and expense; project budget). Are the tables complete and summed correctly? Is it a viable investment?
  • Is the measurable results table complete?  Reasonable?Have clear, achievable measurables been identified?
  • Keep the reviewer in mind.  The TAFA Board is made up of ag lenders, agribusiness, and young farmer representatives.  
  • Tax forms. Is the applicable form included? If not, has sufficient justification been provided explaining why a Schedule F was not filed - particularly when an applicant shows it has had previous agriculture income?
  • Applicant need.  Did the applicant clearly indicate why this funding is necessary and why the TAFA Board should make the investment in the project?
    Tell your unique story.
    • Why is this funding necessary?
    • What distinguishes your application from all the others?
    • Individual vs. partnership/company.  Does the project focus on the benefits to a single person and a unique, quantifiable project? If part of a partnership or company, has sufficient information been provided to explain how the individual will benefit?
      Spelling and Grammar. Consider having someone else read the application before it is submitted. 

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