News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) is pleased to announce a new round of the Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grant program. 

SMADC will begin accepting Mini-Grant applications on November 1, 2019. The grant closes on December 31, 2019; awards will be announced by mid-February, 2020. 

Since the inception of the program in 2017, the SMADC Board has approved funding for over $110,000 in support of projects that enhance diverse farming operations in all five Southern Maryland Counties. “We are delighted with the popularity of our mini-grant series and the very creative use of the funding,” said Shelby Watson-Hampton, “Both small and large farm enterprises have benefited.” 

Mini-Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects, that should be simple in scope, and ideally completed in a relatively short time frame. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer. Current farmers with new ideas to diversify their business, and new and beginning farmers with dynamic ideas they would like to get off the ground, are encouraged to apply for this second round of the SMADC Farmer Min-Grant.

Example projects include the purchase of foundation livestock or plant stock, marketing and promotional materials, equipment and infrastructure for value-added production, fencing, hoop house, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety. Administrative expenses and events are not eligible for program funding.

For complete details of the SMADC Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program, including criteria, guidelines, and access to the online application form, visit ‘Farmer Resources’ to find the ‘Mini-Grants‘ page at

See the Mini-Grant Criteria HERE

Access the on-line Mini-Grant Submission Form HERE

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