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Albemarle County announces grant program supporting agribusiness

albemarle countyAlbemarle County today launched a grant program that targets direct-market agribusiness located in Albemarle County that have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

Funds through the Albemarle Agribusiness Resiliency Grant program are intended to help farms survive through this downturn. The budget for this project is $200,000 and individual agribusinesses can apply for up to $10,000.

“One of our region’s greatest assets is the wealth of local farms, food businesses, and the resilience of our food system. COVID-19 has caused this system to be challenged in ways unimaginable. Agribusinesses in the community are hurting as the markets, restaurants, and other avenues for sales are closed or operating on a more limited basis. At the same time, access to healthy, local foods is essential for our community’s well-being,” Economic Development Project Manager Jennifer Schmack said.


  • Grant program for direct-market agribusinesses – those selling products to restaurants, caterers, local stores; orchards, wineries, and cideries; or at farmers’ markets
  • Application period from April 5 through April 21
  • Award amounts up to $10,000
  • Eligible expenses incurred between March 12, 2020 and June 30, 2021
  • Receipts and/or check copies must be provided for all eligible expenses
  • Revenue losses, up to $5,000 with documentation
  • Loan payments for capital expenditures, such as machinery, tools, other business equipment
  • Expenses related to operating safely, including PPE, temporary outdoor expansions, technology
  • Advertising and marketing, up to 20 percent of the overall grant funds requested

The pre-application form, the first step in applying, is available online:

Technical assistance for completing the pre-application and application forms is available. Paper forms are also available on request.

This grant program is sponsored by Albemarle County and administered by the Community Investment Collaborative.

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