AEF Applicant Requirements

  • Applicants must be a Tennessee entity (i.e. agriculture or food business, farmer, local government, or nonprofit in Tennessee) or have a project based in Tennessee.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that their project will increase farm income for local farmers, enhance access to agricultural markets, increase capacity of their business, or contribute to the agriculture industry through innovation.
  • Applicants must be making an investment into the project. AEF funds may not be more than 25% of the project’s total budget.
  • Applicants must submit project updates to measure impact of the grant on the applicant as well as the local economy, and agree to work with the Department of Agriculture to track success of the project.
  • Applicants may not submit proposals that will result in relocation of a facility from one place in Tennessee to another.
  • Applicants must purchase at least 25% of any agricultural inputs from Tennessee producers. This requirement may be relaxed when compliance would be impracticable – i.e. in times of drought, disease, etc.