Delaware Department of

Grants & Loans

The Delaware Department of Agriculture provides financial assistance, grants, and loans for a variety of projects and activities, including:

Farmland Preservation Assistance

The Department of Agriculture administers the Aglands Preservation Program where landowners can voluntarily sell the development rights for their farm through a permanent conservation easement.

The Department also administers the Young Farmers Loan Program which helps young farmers acquire farmland through a long-term, no-interest loan.

First State Food System Program

The Delaware Council on Farm & Food Policy will be accepting grant applications from April 29, 2022, through May 31, 2022, from entities that grow, process, store, transport, distribute, or sell food in the State of Delaware. These funds will enable local entities to address challenges, stabilize, strengthen, and build resilience in our food system. A well-functioning food supply chain moves Delaware grown food products from farmland, and indoor grow sites to market outlets, households, and consumers. Apply online through the DCF Application Portal.

Food Safety Audit Cost-SharePicture of Apples on a wagon overlayed with the Delaware Department of Agriculture logo and text that say Food Safety Audit Cost-Share Program

The Food Products Inspection section administers a cost-share program designed to assist Delaware fruit and vegetable growers with the cost associated with obtaining a third-party food safety audit and the testing of their agricultural water.

SCBG USDA or Commercial Food Safety Audit and Water Testing Cost-Share Overview and Application


Forestry Assistance

Urban Forestry Grants: The Delaware Forest Service (DFS) offers grants annually to communities and civic associations throughout the state for tree planting and tree management projects on publicly owned lands. These communities must match these grants with either nonfederal funds and/or in-kind services (volunteer time, staff time, etc.).

Forest Landowner Cost Share Program: This Program provides cost-share assistance to landowners for a variety of forest management activities, including reforestation, prescribed fire, herbicide application, and pre-commercial thinning administered by the Delaware Forest Service, in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service


Nutrient Management Assistance

Nutrient Management Plan Cost-Share Assistance Program provides cost-shares for farmers to develop nutrient management plans to meet the regulations of Delaware’s Nutrient Management law.

Nutrient Management Relocation Program provides funding to help transport excess manure to alternative use projects or farms needing nutrients.


USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant

The Department’s Marketing section manages the Specialty Crop Block Grant to enhance the competitiveness of Delaware’s specialty crop industry through research, education and/or marketing. Specialty crops are defined by law as “fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.”


What Do I  Need to Know to Receive Funds?

Always check the requirements of the program for which you are applying. If you will receive funding from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, applicants must complete a W-9 form online ( prior to receiving payment.

The State of Delaware does not accept the federal W-9 form. Registration, updates or changes, must be made through the eSupplier portal at

Note: If you select ACH for payment, it will be deposited directly into the account you provide. This does expedite the payment process.

To register for the first time as a supplier with the State of Delaware, the New Supplier Registration Guide will help walk you through the process.

If you still have questions, visit the State of Delaware’s Division of Accounting W-9 Frequently Asked Questions.

If you signed up in the past as a supplier to receive payment, you may still need to update your information to reactivate your account.

For questions regarding Supplier Maintenance that you have not been able to answer via the links above, contact:

Delaware Division of Accounting
820 Silver Lake Blvd., Suite 200
Dover, DE 19904
Ph: 302-526-5600

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