Massachusetts Grant Resources

Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program
The purpose of AFSIP is to support produce operations that are looking to upgrade food safety practices within their operation. By enhancing food safety measures these operations are able to maintain or increase their market access while working towards minimizing the risk of microbial contamination and food-borne illnesses. This re-imbursement grant program is currently only open to produce operations. AFSIP is a competitive, re-imbursement grant program that funds projects up to $25,000 or 75% of total project costs. All projects must be completed by June 30th, 2018. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP)
The purpose of AEEP is to support agricultural operations that are looking to install conservation practices that prevent direct impacts on water quality, ensure efficient use of water, as well as address impacts on air quality. By providing reimbursement directly to agricultural operations that implement eligible projects that prevent, reduce or eliminate environmental impacts, the program achieves its purpose and goals of minimizing environmental impacts from these operations for the benefit of the Commonwealth. AEEP is a competitive, re-imbursement grant program that funds materials and labor up to $20,000 or 80% of project costs. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2018. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Agricultural Energy Grant Program
The purpose of the MDAR’s Ag-Energy Grant Programs is to assist agricultural operations in an effort to improve energy efficiency and to facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies in order that they can become more sustainable and the Commonwealth can maximize the environmental and economic benefits from these technologies. Reimbursement grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis for the Ag-Energy Traditional Grant Program, while reimbursement grants up to varying amounts by category will be awarded on a competitive basis for the six specific categories under Ag-Energy Special Projects. The deadline for both program applications is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

APR Improvement Program (AIP)
Provides funding, technical assistance, and business planning to farms with land that has been protected through the Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR) Program. The program assists with issues of economic viability, environmental sustainability, resource conservation, ownership control, modernization of infrastructure and other issues that may enhance the long term continued use of the agricultural resource. Grant funds are available primarily for identified capital improvements that will support or enhance the APR farm property. Expected open application period for FY 2019 is late winter and spring of 2018 and applications will be due by some date to be determined in May of 2018. 

Farm Viability Enhancement Program
Offers farmers environmental, technical, and business planning assistance to expand, upgrade, and modernize existing operations. Capital to implement improvements recommended in the viability plan is available in exchange for an agricultural covenant on the farm property for a fixed term of five or ten years. Farmer-friendly application and process. Expected open application period for FY 2019 is late winter and spring of 2018 and applications will be due by some date to be determined in May of 2018. 

Massachusetts Farm Energy Program
Provides technical assistance and monetary support for farmers in completing the prerequisites and applications for grants focused on energy conservation and renewables (including REAP,  EQIP, and state grants). Open application period to be announced in early 2018. 

Matching Enterprise Grants Program (MEGA)
Established in 2011, the program is designed to help with business expansion on new and beginning farms. MEGA will provide technical assistance and business planning help, and then provide funds for farm improvement strategies. Funding provided from this Program will be made available on a one to one matching grant basis. Expected open application period for FY 2019 is late winter and spring of 2018 and applications will be due by some date to be determined in May of 2018. 

Rollover Protective Structure Rebate Program
A new program for 2015 that will rebate 70% of the cost of purchasing and installing tractor retrofit equipment to prevent injuries in the event of a tractor rollover, up to a $850 maximum rebate.

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