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Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Rural Maryland Council
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 9, 2017
Application: Jul 17, 2017

Charlotte Davis


Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) provides grants to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that undertake statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education projects.

MAERDAF also provides grants to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance.

Priority funding areas include:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Rural broadband
  • Healthcare
  • Youth engagement
  • Workforce/economic development

Examples of past programs include:

  • Wellness program for elderly persons to participate in community gardening
  • Integration of SNAP benefits into local farmer's markets
  • Education, training, and outreach on environmental illness prevention and aqua therapy programs for older adults

Must be a 501(c)(3) IRS tax designation or similar and serve a regional or statewide rural constituency. Trade associations are not eligible. The applicant does not have to be located in a rural area or in the area it serves.

Rural Maryland counties are: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Dorchester, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $30,000
Average award: $18,000
Total funding available: $680,917

Priority is given to applicants that have secured matching funds from non-state sources; however matching funds are not required. Federal funds are considered matching funds.

Application process

Links to the program guidance and the online application are available on the program website. The Application must be completed in a single setting. It cannot be saved and completed later.

Proposal abstracts must be submitted by June 9, 2017. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of July 17, 2017.

Tagged as
Agricultural health and safety · Broadband · Community and economic development · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention · Maryland

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