Agricultural Innovation Grant

The intention of the Agricultural Innovation Grant is to improve economic viability of the agriculture industry by encouraging Frederick County’s agricultural producers to expand or diversify their business operations. Eligible applicants must be a crop or livestock producer, value added producer, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor. Applicants can receive grants for research and development, production buildings, major fixtures and processing facilities. 

Applications will open on Monday January 4th. The January grant cycle will close on February 1. 

To apply please visit ww3.frederickcountymd.gov/AgInnovationGrant. If a paper copy is required because there is no computer access, please contact Katie Stevens at kstevens1@frederickcountymd.gov.

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Step-by-Step Process to Apply for: Agricultural Innovation Grant

  1. Develop a Business Plan.  The following resources are available to assist in developing your plan:
    1. The University of Minnesota www.agplan.umn.edu  offers draft agriculture business plans for those just starting a plan.
    2. The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) https://www.marylandsbdc.org/  offers free one-on-one counseling on business plan development. Contact Grier Melick at jmelick@umd.edu.
    3. Maryland Women’s Business Center offers one-on-one assistance.  Contact Karen Kalantzisat at karen@marylandwbc.org.
  1. Make contact with Frederick County Zoning Office to ensure planned project is an allowed use in Frederick County.
    1. Include:
      1. Description of the project
      2. Property address
      3. Existing structures being used for project or constructed
      4. Will members of the public be invited in the building
    2. Contact Tolson Desa at tdesa@frederickcountymd.gov.
  1. Projects involving any additional waste discharge:
    1.  Contact the Frederick County Health Department prior to applying to understand the requirements of your project. Contact Kim Dillman at kdillman@frederickcountymd.gov.
  1. Prepare your budget:
    1. Breakdown of expenses by category:
      1. Materials
      2. Advertising
      3. Travel
      4. Other
    2. Include other funding sources that will support this project.
  1. Prepare “Capital Needed” Description
    1. Brief description of equipment or facilities to be acquired with an estimate of useful life of these assets.
  1. Write Economic Impact Description
    1.  What is the impact this project will have on your farm enterprise?

Projects will be scored based on the following chart:

Application Requirements Total Points Points Assigned
  1. Description of Project (What you are going to do? And how?)

30

 

  1. Business Plan (Start date, benchmarks toward completion and finish date) See additional information on business plan assistance above.

20

 

  1. Budget (Detailed list of expenses needed to complete the project by categories, i.e. materials, advertising, travel etc.  Include funding sources that will support your project, beyond this proposal award.)

15

 

  1. Capital Needed (Brief description of equipment or facilities to be acquired with an estimate of useful life of these assets)

15

 

  1. Economic Impact (Brief description of impact this project will have on your farm enterprise)

20

 

Total Points

100

 

Bonus Points (Did you also apply to MARBIDCO’s Value Added Producer Grant?)  A match is not required. However, this grant may be used as a match for MARBIDCO’s Value Added Producer Grant Program.

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