Young Farmer Grant
Deadline:  Closed: Next round will be Fall 2016

: 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 - so as not to have to bring products from other states, including deficit commodities
  • 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 person who is at least 18 years of age but younger than 46 years of age at the time of grant award and engaged in creating or expanding agriculture in Texas. The applicant must be able to make dollar-for-dollar matching expenditures to sustain, create or expand the project.

  • Grant awards range from $5,000 to $10,000
  • Grant program offered twice per year
  • 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 will be award on a cost reimbursement basis
  • Costs must be within the term of the grant award


Mindy Fryer
(512) 463-6908

Fax: (888) 223-9048

Application Materials
Materials Coming Soon - Check back in September 2016
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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