News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

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

SMADC will begin acceptingMini-Grant applications on November 1, 2019.The grantcloses on December 31, 2019; awards will be announced by mid-February, 2020.

Sincethe inception of the program in 2017, the SMADC Board has approved funding for over $110,000 in support ofprojects that enhance diverse farming operationsinall fiveSouthern Maryland Counties.“We are delighted with the popularity of our mini-grant series and the verycreative use of the funding,”said Shelby Watson-Hampton, “Both small andlargefarm enterprises have benefited.”

Mini-Grant funds can be used for a variety of projects, thatshould 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 withnew ideas to diversify their business, and new and beginning farmers withdynamic ideas they would like to get off the ground,are encouraged to apply for this second round of the SMADC Farmer Min-Grant.

Example projectsinclude the purchase of foundation livestock orplant 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 oftheSMADC Agricultural Farmer Mini-Grant Program, including criteria, guidelines, and access to the online application form, visit ‘Farmer Resources’ to find the ‘Mini-Grants‘

See the Mini-Grant CriteriaHERE

Access the on-line Mini-Grant Submission Form HERE

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