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GRANTS: The Regional Agriculture Project (RAP)

SMADC is offering a one-time bonus grant to the agriculture community, through the Regional Agriculture Project (RAP). Grants will be awarded to partners throughout the five Southern Maryland counties for projects deemed to have structural longevity and a lasting impact on the regional farming community.

RAP is designed to further SMADC’s mission to support farms, farmers, and the future of agriculture in Southern Maryland. Its purpose is to create economic viability for farmers in Southern Maryland and to foster collaboration among the region to enhance and sustain the regions’ agricultural economy.

SMADC encourages everyone to work together on this grant on multiple levels within the county -- Farm Bureaus, Soil Conservation Districst, Economic Development/county government offices, University of Maryland Extension and area farmers -- so that together, funds can be used to strengthen cross-county relationships and to bolster the entire farming community.

Applicants must be from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. Project funds are intended to benefit the existing agriculture community and create seed money for agriculture-related projects needed in those counties. Applications must be submitted by one entity from each county, developed and supported by the county Farm Bureau, Soil Conservation, and Economic Development/county government office and/or University of Maryland Extension. Each county may request between $20,000-$25,000. 

Examples of eligible projects include infrastructure or equipment such as cold storage, a farmers market, commercial kitchen, meat lockers, etc. that can be used by farmers in each home county. It is SMADC’s hope that counties consider supporting the needs of farmers and producers in their home county first, but also make the facility available to farmers in the rest of the five county regions as well. 

Ineligible project examples include, but are not limited to: one-time events, marketing and promotions, supplies, plant stock, livestock, etc.

This project is time-sensitive. All funds will be awarded and dispersed to grant recipients by December 2017.

View the FULL criteria and guidelines here. View the application here.

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Get more info: Grant opportunities for farms are offered periodically.
Other programs such as the rental equipment program for farmers in the region and the FARMERS' MARKET SUPPORT Program are available as well.
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Explore other farm resources offered by SMADC:
[FARMLINK] [TUTORIALS] [EQUIPMENT RENTAL] [MARKET SUPPORT] [schlorships/sponsorships]

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Read more about these SMADC programs:

[So. Maryland, So Good] [Southern Maryland Meats]
[Buy Local Challenge] [Maryland Farmlink]
[Southern Maryland Trails] [Cornelia and the Farm Band]

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