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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.

Sponsor
Rural Maryland Council
Deadlines
Letter of Intent (Required): May 25, 2018
Application: Jul 27, 2018
Contact

Charlotte Davis
410.841.5774
charlotte.davis@maryland.gov.

Purpose

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
Eligibility

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations that serve a regional or statewide rural constituency, such as community colleges, career technology centers, regional councils, and libraries.

To be eligible, projects must serve more than one rural county in Maryland.

Geographic coverage
Maryland
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $40,000
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

A link to the application instructions is available on the program website.

Phase 1 abstract proposals must be submitted using the online form by May 25, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a Phase 2 full proposal, with a deadline of July 27, 2018.

Applicant webinar recording

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



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