Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced the award of a $35,000 planning grant from the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund to the Virginia Oyster Trail project by the Northern Neck Planning District Commission (PDC) and partner communities throughout the Middle Peninsula and Eastern Shore.
The AFID planning grant program encourages local governments to promote agriculture and forestry and incorporate the needs of these industries into their strategic economic development plans.
The planning grants are part of Virginia’s AFID program, an economic development tool meant to help localities locate new or expanding agriculture and forestry value-added or processing projects.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) administers the AFID program and planning grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Successful funding requests must demonstrate a clear need, a proposed solution, strong support from local government and the agriculture and forestry community, and the ability to provide cash or in-kind matching funds.
Localities interested in applying may visit http://vdacs.virginia.gov/agribusiness/planning.shtml or contact AFID Fund Coordinator Stephen Versen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804.786.6911 for more information.