Agriculture Enterprise Fund

The Agriculture Enterprise Fund (AEF) is an incentive program that supports Governor Haslam’s priority of job creation and economic development by facilitating agricultural development in Tennessee. The AEF is a product of the Governor’s Rural Task Force. It is administered by the Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the Department of Economic and Community Development.

The AEF will award grants to starting or expanding agricultural and food businesses, farmers, nonprofits, local governments, and other entities in Tennessee, or those whose project will be located in Tennessee. Successful grant recipients must demonstrate a strong potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity or agricultural innovation. Priority will be given to businesses located in at-risk counties, distressed counties and counties adjoining at-risk or distressed counties.

There is no deadline to submit applications. The Department of Agriculture will review applications on a rolling basis. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.