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Posted on: November 30, 2022

SMADC Announces Funding For The Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grant Program

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The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC), a division of the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, has announced the 10th Round of the Southern Maryland Farmer Mini-Grant Program.

SMADC is now accepting mini-grant applications through February 15, 2023, with awards to be announced in early March 2023.

The Mini-Grant program is designed to assist new and beginning farmers who own or lease existing agricultural properties with small start-up projects and to assist experienced farmers who are looking to diversify or expand a current agriculture project. The projects should be simple in scope and must be successfully completed within one year.

Grant awards are up to $2,000 per applicant and/or farm entity and are a one-to-one match by the farmer.

Grant funds may be used for equipment and services that help transition a farm’s sales strategy (such as online sales, home delivery, on-farm sales, etc.), for other projects that allow the farm business to maintain and/or expand sales, for the purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, new fencing, hoop house, and materials needed for value-added food production and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety. Both Rural and Urban farms are encouraged to apply.

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