Grant Opportunities for farmers

 

www.mass.gov/agr

Application Period Open for Three Farm Viability Grant Programs

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) is accepting applications from farmers who wish to participate in these Department programs in Fiscal Year 2018.  Interested farm operators are encouraged to review program information and applications on Department web pages found at www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/about/divisions/dacta-grants-lc.htmlDue date for applications for the following three programs is May 15, 2017.
Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP)

This popular business planning and technical assistance program provides management advice and grants from $25,000 up to $100,000 to implement farm growth and sustainability strategies.  This is not a reimbursement program. Farm operators receive grant awards for signing a 5 or 10 year Agricultural Covenant. Typical uses of funds from the Farm Viability Program include building new or repairing farm structures, modernizing field equipment, purchasing delivery vehicles and tractors, and building or improving retail marketing structures or farm food processing facilities.

FVEP Applications and program information are available here.

If you would like an application mailed to you contact Craig Richov at 617-626-1725 or Craig.Richov@state.ma.us.
APR Improvement Program (AIP) – for APR farms

The APR Improvement Program (AIP) helps sustain active commercial farming on land that has already been protected through the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program.  AIP provides business planning assistance to farmers selected to participate in the program and grants from $25,000 up to $100,000 may be available on a reimbursement basis to improve farm productivity and profitability of participating APR farms.  AIP funds are used primarily for capital improvements, such as constructing or repairing barns, farm stands, livestock housing, or processing facilities; or land management, such as reseeding hay fields, pasture improvements, fencing, or establishing perennial crops.

AIP applications and program information are available here.

If you would like an application mailed to you contact Melissa Adams at 413-548-1904 or Melissa.L.Adams@state.ma.us.
Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) – for Beginning Farmers in MA

The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) Program helps with business expansion on new and beginning farms. MEGA provides business planning assistance and grant funds of up to $10,000 on a one to one matching cash reimbursement basis It is the objective of the MEGA Program to assist beginning farmers in their first through fifth year of business who aspire to develop their farms into commercially viable operations.  Funds are used for equipment, infrastructure or other capital improvements identified through the business planning process.

MEGA applications and program information are available here.

If you would like an application mailed to you contact Melissa Adams at 413-548-1904 or Melissa.L.Adams@state.ma.us.

 MDAR’s mission is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts. Through its four divisions – Agricultural Conservation & Technical Assistance, Agricultural Markets, Animal Health, and Crop and Pest Services – MDAR strives to support, regulate and enhance the rich diversity of the Commonwealth’s agricultural community to promote economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill agriculture’s role in energy conservation and production. For more information, visit MDAR’s website at www.mass.gov/agr.

Grants and Scholarships

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society believes in contributing to our local community wherever possible. We offer the following programs:

Agricultural Grants

The Agricultural Society provides grants to local farmers for supplies and infrastructure. The purpose of the grant program is to assist and perpetuate agriculture on Martha’s Vineyard.

This years grant deadline will be Feb. 29th 2016. Grants will be awarded in April.

Previous grant amounts have ranged from $250 to $2,500 and were used to purchase animal fencing, worm farms, shiitake mushrooms, preschool & elementary school garden infrastructure, cranberry bog restoration, poultry pens, seeds, soil, incubators, cider press, roto-tillers, apiary supplies and much more.

What farmers are saying about the program:

“Thank you very much for the grant. I have spent the money on a new pigpen, which will be very helpful. They have only got out once in the first 48 hours. Pigs will be pigs!” – E.W

If you are interested in applying for a grant this years deadline is February 29, 2016. Grants will be awarded in April 2016.

Please click here for the application: http://goo.gl/forms/KzLuAz4RAK

Scholarship Fund

The Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society offers scholarships to graduating seniors and continuing education students pursuing degrees in the following fields: agriculture, horticulture, environmental studies, land conservation, veterinary medicine, culinary arts or related fields.

These scholarships are funded by the Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Society and Cushing Amusements. Cushing contributes $4,000.00 to the fund annually.

For information please contact the MV Regional High School Guidance Office, 508-693-1033