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Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grant Program

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

Opens June 1, 2021

About

The Farmer Mini-Grant Program was launched in FY’17 and has become more popular and competitive as each new round is offered. The program is open to applicants age 16 and older, residing and farming in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s or St. Mary’s counties. Grant awards are up to $2,000 per applicant, as a one-to-one match and can be used for a variety of projects. The Mini-Grant program is designed to assist new and beginning farmers with small start-up projects and assist existing farmers looking to diversify or expand. Projects must be completed within one year. To date, the program has received 122 applications with 87 funded for a total of $132,780.

Eligibility

  • Established farm enterprises only (does not include non-profits or community organizations).

  • NEW THIS ROUND - Must have an official tax document that proves the enterprise is an established farm business; a Schedule F, K1 Form, 1120S, or similar form. The document can be uploaded in the application portal.

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age and own or operate an established farm business.

  • Applicants residing and farming in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s or St. Mary’s counties.

  • No more than one application awarded, per applicant during a 12-month period, with a lifetime award limit of $6,000, whichever comes first.

Funding may be used for: Services or equipment that help transition to an online or alternative sales strategy such as home delivery, on-farm sales, etc., or for other projects that allow farm business to maintain and/or expand sales during COVID-19 pandemic, including: on-farm upgrades to meet state COVID-19 standards for safety and social distancing, veterinary bills, livestock feed, seeds, fertilizer, and equipment parts for farm machinery repair, purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

Terms

$27,000 of funding is available. Applicants may receive up to $2,000 per application. The number of applicants may exceed the amount of funding available, therefore applications will be ranked and awards may be less than the requested amount. See “Evaluation Criteria” at the end of this document.

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Details

Release Date

June 1, 2021

Organization

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC)

Financial Instrument

Grant

Maximum Award Amount

$2,000

Updated January 11, 2021

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