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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): May 29, 2020
Application: Jul 24, 2020

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
  • Forestry
  • 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

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that serve a regional or statewide rural constituency. Community colleges, career technology centers, regional councils, and libraries are eligible to apply.

Proposed projects must serve more than one rural county in Maryland.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $50,000
Total funding available: $680,381

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 additional guidance and application instructions are available on the program website.

Phase 1 abstract proposals must be submitted using the online application portal by May 29, 2020. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Phase 2 full proposal, with a deadline of July 24, 2020.

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

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