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GRANTS: Southern Maryland Agricultural Mini-Grant Program

Important Changes to Mini-Grant:

Originally this program was set-up as a quarterly grant. However, due to the high number of applications we received in the first round and the limited funding available, the SMADC Board and the Grants Review Committee have decided to make this a semi-annual grant. This will allow farmers more time to plan and prepare their applications for submission. The next grant round opens October 1, 2017 and ends January 1, 2018. Funds will be disbursed to applicants who are awarded grants by the end of February, 2018. Please read the Criteria and Guidelines carefully before applying.

Overview

SMADC is offering a new Southern Maryland Agricultural Mini-Grant Program to assist farmers with small start-up projects and with diversifying/expanding their farming enterprise. The projects should be simple in scope and able to be completed relatively quickly. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer.

In 2016, SMADC conducted surveys and listening sessions, and invited the Southern Maryland farming community to tell SMADC what it needs. The Agricultural Mini-Grant program was established based on what SMADC heard from the farming community.

Examples of projects for consideration: Purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, fencing, hoop house, materials needed for value-added production, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety, per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

Read the grant criteria here.

Previous Grant Awards

Congratulations to the recipients of the first round of funding through the SMADC Mini-Grant. The following farms received matching funds to be used towards the projects listed.
  • 804 Cattle Company ($2,000) -- Cattle Corrals in Anne Arundel County
  • Bowling Farm ($2,000) -- Livestock Fencing in Charles County
  • Heart Barn Farms ($2,000) -- Perimeter Fence in Anne Arundel County
  • Holiday Memories Farm, LLC ($2,000) -- Pick Your Own Blueberries in Anne Arundel County
  • Indian Summers Farm ($2,000) -- Perimeter Fence in Charles County
  • March Meadows ($2,000) -- Goat Fencing in St. Mary's County
  • Owls Next Farm ($1,600) -- Rainwater Catchment System in Prince George's County for winter high tunnel production
  • Terra Alta Farm ($2,000) -- Cattle establishment in St. Mary's County
  • Trossbach Produce ($2,000) -- High Tunnel Greenhouse in St. Mary's County for vegetable production
  • Wyoming Farm ($2,000) -- Orchard Establishment in Prince George's County

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