Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program

The Mills Administration has invested approximately $20 million in federal funds to help Maine farmers and food processors improve critical infrastructure. This funding will enable farms and agricultural businesses to pursue upgrades that will mitigate the adverse effects of COVID-19, increase the supply of Maine-grown food, enhance supply chain resilience, and help grow and sustain one of Maine's heritage industries.

Application Period Now Closed

The application deadline for the Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry's Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program (AIIP) closed on February 25, 2022.

  • Please note that the review is expected to take longer than initially anticipated because of the extremely high number of applications. There is not currently an estimated date for award notifications.
  • The AIIP was funded as part of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and offered a range of grant funding for on-farm improvements and processing projects. Approximately $20 million was allocated by the Mills Administration for the AIIP.
  • The high number of applications received, more than 850 requesting over $177 million in funding, proves that there is a significant opportunity to support agricultural infrastructure development in Maine. The Department appreciates applicant patience as the review process gets underway.
  • For questions about the AIIP application process, don't hesitate to contact AgGrantSupport@ceimaine.org.

DACF is partnering with Coast Enterprises Inc. (CEI) to administer the Agricultural Infrastructure Investment Program (AIIP).

A range of funding will be offered through AIIP, including smaller grants for on-farm improvements and larger grants for processing projects. There will be no match required and no minimum request amount.

Examples of eligible investments include:

  • Capital improvements, including modifications to existing buildings and construction of new buildings;
  • Upgrades to utilities (including water, electric, heat, refrigeration, freezing, and waste facilities);
  • Growing, processing, and manufacturing equipment and construction;
  • Packaging and handling equipment;
  • Technology that allows increased capacity or business resilience (including software and hardware related to business functions, logistics, inventory management, plant production and monitoring controls, to enable extended or year-round production); and
  • Technical assistance, including market research and feasibility studies, engineering and construction planning, land use planning, facility design and configuration planning, and other services that directly support future implementation of infrastructure-related capacity-building projects.