Grants of up to $10,000 to Maryland agricultural businesses in eligible locations to strengthen capacity and improve operations. Funding is intended to help local companies with diversification and expansion efforts and to assist with marketing projects and agricultural research initiatives. The goal of the grant program is to support the development, expansion, and coordination of agricultural enterprises and initiatives within Kent County and the tri-county region.
Priority will be given to projects that:
Benefit the entire Ag community,
Include two or more businesses working in cooperation,
Involve new or emerging markets,
Promote a Buy Local campaign.
Grant funding can be used for the following purposes:
Strategic marketing campaigns;
Technology innovation or implementation;
Capital improvements for business expansion or value-added production;
Applicants must operate an agricultural business in Kent County, MD, and be actively engaged in farming in the county in one or more of the following categories:
- Crop and/or livestock production;
- Agricultural product processing;
- Ag Cooperative; or
- Timber production or processing.
Eligible applicants and projects that meet all grant requirements not previously awarded funding may be considered and/or given priority over previously awarded applicants.
Applications open on January 15, 2024, and close at 5 pm on February 15, 2024.
Award recipients will be announced in April. Grants shall be
reimbursed only with invoices or receipts as proof of payment required at the time of the reimbursement request. Reimbursement requests must be submitted by October 31, 2024.
Estimated Size of Grant
Grant requests ranging from $2,500 up to a maximum of $10,000 will be considered on a competitive basis.