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 grant program is currently only open to produce operations. AFSIP is a competitive, reimbursement grant program that funds projects for up to 75% of total project costs up to $25,000. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018.
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 for up to 85% of project costs up to $25,000s. The deadline for applications is April 25, 2018.
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 April 25, 2018.
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 from $25-$100,000 are available primarily for identified capital improvements that will support or enhance the APR farm property. The deadline for applications is April 10, 2018.
Farm Viability Enhancement Program
Offers grants of $25-125,000 for 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. The deadline for applications is April 10, 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 will provide up to $10,000 for farm improvement strategies. Funding provided from this Program will be made available on a one-to-one matching grant basis. The deadline for applications is April 10, 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 $865 maximum rebate.
Massachusetts Farm Energy Program
Provides technical assistance and monetary support for farmers in conducting energy audits and completing the prerequisites and applications for grants focused on energy conservation and renewable energy (including REAP, EQIP, and state grants). The program also offers farmers up to $5,000 toward energy efficiency upgrades, based on the amount of energy to be saved by the upgrades.