Interested in learning whether your project is eligible for PVGrows funding?
Your project should have a positive impact on the agricultural system, the community, and the local environment (see below), however the PVGrows Investment Fund does not expect projects to meet ALL of the following criteria. Your application should simply describe the areas your project will positively impact.
Agricultural System Impact: Having an impact on the continued viability and growth of farms in the Connecticut River Valley and Massachusetts.
Examples of Agricultural System Impact: agricultural product/inputs are produced locally; value-adding activities take place locally; provides year-round value-added effort, benefits multiple farms/farm-related businesses, provides key piece of ag-related infrastructure, post-harvest activity such as handling, packing, processing, storage or distribution.
Community Impact: Having an impact on the economic, social, and/or nutritional health of the Connecticut River Valley and Massachusetts.
Examples of Community Impact: proven long-term commitment to PV communities; ownership structure encourages long-term local control; ownership focuses on providing social benefit; more local food to local community; increases food access for underserved communities; increases healthy/nutritional food access for local community; creates new jobs at a reasonable rate of return; creates new high quality jobs that include benefits, job training and/or living wages.
Local Environmental Impact: Having an impact on the environment.
Examples of Local Environmental Impact: improves ecological footprint by displacing food miles; improves farm-sector environmental practices; improves farm-sector energy use; re-uses pre-existing facilities; creates energy-efficient production processes for business.