Grants are almost never available to start a farm and are not a reliable strategy for growing your business. Grants may be a valuable resource once you’ve been in business for a while. They can enable you to expand a particular aspect of your business to make your operation more viable or provide funding to try a new practice on your farm.
For a comprehensive list of grants available to farmers in NY (including Federal grants available to farmers in other states), download Fact Sheet #31, Grant Opportunities for Farmers from the Guide to Farming in NY.
ATTRA (Appropriate Technology Transfer to Rural Areas) also maintains a rolling list of current grant opportunities for farmers and farm support specialists.