Harold Grinspoon Foundation Local Farmer Awards

Harold Grinspoon Foundation Local Farmer Awards
Launched in 2015 in partnership with Big Y, the Local Farmer Awards fund physical infrastructure improvements to farms. A farmer appreciation event is held yearly for all applicants and awardees to honor and recognize our farmers and promote the importance of local farming. In 2017, the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation and Big Y awarded 49 local farmers $2,500 each – a 48% increase in awards from the inaugural year.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Gross sales of $10,000 or above
  • If not a member of Berkshire Grown or CISA, farm must be located in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire County of Massachusetts
  • Farm must grow, harvest, and market their own agricultural products as more than 50% of your economic activity
  • Funds must be used for farm equipment and/or physical improvements
  • The project must start and finish in calendar year 2018

2018 Schedule

  • Application Opens – January 1, 2018
  • Application Closes – January 31, 2018
  • Final Decisions – Mid-March
  • Awards Issued – Early April or within 2 weeks of anticipated project start date

Additional Information & Tips:

This is a competitive application for a limited number of awards to farmers. Last year there were 116 applicants and awards were given to to 49 farmers.

If you applied and did not win an award, you are encouraged to try again. Even if you received an award in the past, you are invited to apply again.

You will be asked to supply the following information:

  • General information about your farm such as location, gross sales, and products you sell.
  • Specific details about your proposed project, timeline, and the impact it would have on your business.

Examples of types of projects that have received awards:

  • Equipment purchases
  • Efficiency enhancements
  • Structure improvements or repairs
  • Storage solutions
  • Processing upgrades
  • Other physical improvements

Examples of what the award cannot be used for:

  • Hiring staff
  • Marketing

Tips for a strong Application:

  • State why the proposed project is critical or valuable to your farm’s future and how it will help increase production.
  • If possible, provide quantitative information on how the project will provide a return on investment.
  • Explain why the small grant will make a difference even though the project has a very large price tag.
  • Describe objectives with clearly defined problems and solutions
  • Review spelling and grammar (Ask someone else to proofread.)

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