Southern Maryland Agricultural Farmer Mini Grant Program

 

New Round of Farmer Mini Grants Announced

The SMADC Board has committed to two more rounds of Southern Maryland Farmer Mini Grant Program in Fiscal Year 2020! The next round will begin accepting applications November 1, 2019 and close December 31, 2019, with awards being made by mid-February, 2020.

Please read the Criteria and Guidelines carefully before applying.

The projects should be simple in scope and able to be completed relatively quickly. SMADC will award up to $2,000 per applicant for qualified projects, with a one-to-one match by the farmer.

Examples of projects for consideration: Purchase of foundation livestock, purchase of plant stock, marketing and promotion of current farm operation, fencing, hoop house, materials needed for value-added production, and on-farm upgrades to enhance food safety, per compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) produce safety rule.

Additional Resources

A draft outline of the Mini Grant application and required budget template is included for prospective applicants to prepare their submission:

MINI-GRANT APPLICATION OUTLINE (WORD DOC)
BUDGET TEMPLATE (XLS SPREADSHEET)

 

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Please note: One letter of reference from your county’s Soil Conservation District, Farm Bureau, University of Maryland Extension or Economic Development Office, specific to your project is required.

Applications submitted without a reference letter will not be considered.

Other Grants & Financing Programs

SMADC Programs

THE SOUTHERN MARYLAND AGRICULTURAL EQUITY INCENTIVE MATCHING FUND
Financing program offered in conjunction with MARBIDCO, helps qualified farmers meet certain down-payment (equity) requirements, in order to help improve the credit quality of their applications.

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THE SOUTHERN MARYLAND REVOLVING LOAN FUND FOR AGRICULTURAL & SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE PRODUCERS
Loan program designed exclusively for Southern Maryland applicants to assist with purchases and upgrades. Loans available from $10,000 – $20,000.

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Past Mini Grant Awards

Round 4 Mini Grant Awards - Winter 2019

Round 4 Mini Grant Awards – Winter 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the fourth round of funding through the SMADC Farmer Mini Grant:

  • Bowling Zekiah Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds for feeding area for livestock in Charles County
  • Friday’s Creek Winery ($1,470) – In matching funds for vineyard expansion in Calvert County
  • Indiantown Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds in farm pasture fencing in St. Mary’s County
  • Jacob Bowen ($635) – In matching funds for meat goat embryo breeding project in Calvert County
  • Jadon Hand ($140) – In matching funds for a livestock scale in Calvert County
  • Harmony Farms ($1,000) – In matching funds for pasture expansion in St. Mary’s County
  • HopScratch Farm & Brewery ($2,000) – Hop Rhizomes & Pols – Starting Hopyard in Anne Arundel County
  • Legacy Farm ($1,860) – In matching funds in rotational grazing/pasture expansion in Calvert County
  • Milling Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds for pasture fencing in Calvert County
  • MKONO Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds for perimeter fencing in Calvert County
  • New Roots Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds for retail expansion in Anne Arundel County
  • Prosperity Acres ($1,800) – In matching funds for raw milk milking and safety testing in Calvert County
  • Russell Farms ($2,000) – In matching funds for expansion into value added in St. Mary’s County
  • Steptoe Organic Farm ($850) – In matching funds for fencing in Prince George’s County
  • Suttlers Post Farm ($1,620) – In matching funds for expansion into meats in St. Mary’s County
  • Taney Place Farm ($1,000) – In matching funds for value added expansion in dog treats from meat in Calvert County
  • Tennyson & Sons ($1,000) – In matching funds for livestock expansion in St. Mary’s County
  • Tobacco Coast Vineyards ($2,000) – In matching funds for vineyard expansion in Anne Arundel County
  • Xella Winery & Vineyard ($1,500) – In matching funds for vineyard expansion in St. Mary’s County
Round 3 Mini Grant Awards - Fall 2018

Round 3 Mini Grant Awards – Fall 2018

  • Cabin Creek Heritage Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for farm store expansion in Prince George’s County
  • Farrell Seafood ($2,000) – In matching funds for refrigerated and freezing cases for farm store in St. Mary’s County
  • Fox Run Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for livestock buildings in Charles County
  • Hole in the Woods Farm ($500) – In matching funds for a freezer display case in St. Mary’s County
  • Holly Grove Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for goat fence expansion in Prince George’s County
  • Holly Hill Ranch ($1,635) – In matching funds for sheep and turkey fencing and pens in Prince George’s County
  • Hollywood Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for lambing sheds in Anne Arundel County
  • James Richards ($2,000) – In matching funds for fencing and irrigation in Prince George’s County
  • Langton Green Community Farm ($1,075) – In matching funds for blueberry plants in Anne Arundel County
  • Newport Valley Farm ($2,000) – In matching funds for pasture fencing in Charles County
  • On the Hill Farm ($410) – In matching funds for pasture fencing in Anne Arundel County
  • Rock Spring Hall ($625) – In matching funds to purchase a Jang Seeder in Calvert County
  • Stallworth-McKee Farms ($1,700) – In matching funds for livestock fencing and water supply system in Prince George’s County
  • Townshend Vogt Farm ($900) – In matching funds for marketing and brand awareness in Prince George’s County
  • Truman Vineyards ($2,000) – In matching funds for vineyard expansion in Prince George’s County
Round 2 Mini Grant Awards - Winter 2018

Round 2 Mini Grant Awards – Winter 2018

  • Anderson’s Farm ($1,660) – Heritage Sheep Fencing & Egg Production in St. Mary’s County
  • Jacob Bowen ($200) – Livestock Scale in Calvert County
  • Dicot Farm ($2,000) – Scaling Up Salad Greens Productions in Charles County
  • Fields of Valor Farm ($940) – Hoop House in Prince George’s County
  • Floating Lotus Farmstand ($1,575) – Season Extension with Hoop Houses in Anne Arundel County
  • David Wood of Forrest Hall Farm ($1,000) Addition of Hoop House in St. Mary’s County
  • Kayla Griffith of Griffith Family Produce ($250) – Family Produce Revitalization: Marketing in Anne Arundel County
  • Hereonthere Farm ($715) – Deer Exclusion Fencing in Prince George’s County
  • Honey Cove Farm ($2,000) – Cattle AI Equipment in Calvert County
  • Horsmon Farm ($2,000) – Hay Accumagrapple Project in Calvert County
  • Loblolly Farm ($1,000) – Transplant Nursery in Charles County
  • Matthew Mudd ($2,000) – Livestock Fencing and Waterline in Charles County
  • Pale Blue Dot Farm ($2,000) – Enhanced Food Safety and Product Marketability Through Installation of a Farm Cooler in Prince George’s County
  • Tobacco Barn Distillery ($1,000) – Whiskey Mash Dewatering System in St. Mary’s County
Round 1 Mini Grant Awards - Fall 2017

Round 1 Mini Grant Awards – Fall 2017

  • 804 Cattle Company ($2,000) — Cattle Corrals in Prince George’s County
  • Bowling Farm ($1,875) — Livestock Fencing in Charles County
  • Heart Barn Farms ($2,000) — Perimeter Fence in Anne Arundel County
  • HOLIDAY MEMORIES FARM, LLC ($2,000) — Pick Your Own Blueberries in Anne Arundel County
  • Indian Summers Farm ($2,000) — Perimeter Fence in Charles County
  • March Meadows ($2,000) — Goat Fencing in St. Mary’s County
  • OWL’S NEST FARM ($1,600) — Rainwater Catchment System in Prince George’s County for winter high tunnel production
  • Terra Alta Farm ($2,000) — Cattle establishment in St. Mary’s County
  • Trossbach Produce ($2,000) — High Tunnel Greenhouse in St. Mary’s County for vegetable production
  • Wyoming Farm ($2,000) — Orchard Establishment in Prince George’s County