Supporting Farmers Protecting Water Quality
North Jersey RC&D, with the support of a New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Water Quality Restoration Grant, has created opportunities for farmers in certain watersheds to receive funding for projects and practices that support cleaner water and healthier soils. The AgAssist Program offers a reimbursement (50-90% depending on practice) toward equipment, supplies, and expenses required to implement a variety of soil health best management practices.
WHO IS NORTH JERSEY RC&D: We are a local non-profit dedicated to fostering agricultural sustainability within Northern New Jersey.
WHAT IS FUNDED: There are opportunities to receive up to $15,000 for everything from software upgrades that support improved nutrient management, temporary and permanent fence, planter and drill upgrades, and even precision soil sampling services. See below for more information.
HOW IT WORKS: North Jersey RC&D will provide a partial reimbursement (levels of reimbursement will be determined by practice), contingent upon participants supplying appropriate receipts.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE: Farmers within certain watersheds (Neshanic River, Back Brook, Holland Brook and Pleasant Run), regardless of the size or type of their agricultural operation, are eligible for funding.
HOW TO APPLY: Complete the online application at the bottom of this form. Submit your application by April 15th, 2021.
Area Eligible for Funding
Areas eligible for funding in 2021 are highlighted in orange on the map below. Seach for your address using the search bar to determine if your farm is within our focus area.
The North Jersey RC&D AgAssist funding program has a wide variety of opportunities, each with its own separate funding conditions. Applicants can only apply for one opportunity at a time but may submit multiple applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a grant?
A grant is money given for a specific purpose. Unlike a loan, the awarded grant money does not need to be repaid. With the AgAssist grant, the grantee will be partially reimbursed for eligible project expenses.
What is the purpose of the AgAssist grants?
The AgAssist grants have been made available with the purpose of creating opportunities for farmers to implement projects or practices that support cleaner water and healthier soils, including no-till, cover cropping, rotational grazing, and nutrient management.
Who is eligible?
What if I am already using conservation practices that receive funding? Can I still receive funding?
Yes, with the commitment that you are intending to scale up the conservation practices already in place.
How are applicants ranked?
Will the AgAssist grants be available again next year?
Not likely. Not likely. These grants are being made possible through Water Quality Restoration grants from NJDEP. Ag-Assist is anticipated to be a one-time opportunity in these watersheds.
What if I’m not selected?
If you are not initially selected for a grant award, you will be placed on a waiting list. If spots open up, North Jersey RC&D will notify applicants from the waiting list.
Who is North Jersey RC&D?
We are a non-profit dedicated to community needs through conservation. North Jersey RC&D focuses on agricultural sustainability, water resource protection, and community development.
How are the grants funded?
The AgAssist grants are being awarded through North Jersey RC&D using New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Water Quality Restoration Grant funding.
What are the steps to receive funding?
Who should I contact with questions?
You can reach out to Sam Loscalzo at email@example.com (preferred) or (908) 574-5368 with questions about the program.
April 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
Decisions made and applicants notified of their status via email.
May - October
Awardees purchase eligible equipment or supplies.
Oct. 15, 2021
Any purchases for the grant must be made and submitted for reimbursement by Oct. 15, 2021. Official receipts must be submitted to North Jersey RC&D by this date. Reimbursements will be made 30 days following submission.
Grantees submit a short (1/2 page) summary discussing the impact of the funding on their operation and any lessons learned. This information may be shared with other farmers. Alternatively, farmers may host a field day or write a short blog post.