Finding government grants can require a lot of research to find eligible funding for a specific project. Maple syrup grants can be found at both the state and federal levels and are typically related to the farming or business aspects of producing maple syrup.
Specialty Crop Block Grant
The United States Department of Agriculture gives specialty crop block grants to state agriculture departments. These funds are intended to encourage competitiveness in the production of specialty crops. Maple farmers producing maple syrup are eligible for these funds and may obtain information and applications from state departments of agriculture.
National Organic Certification Cost Share
The USDA funds the National Organic Certification Cost Share Program and distributes it to the state departments of agriculture. These funds are available to producers or handlers of organic products to reimburse up to 75 percent of organic certification costs. Maple syrup producers with organic certification for their products can contact the state for information on applying for these funds.
Massachussetts offers the Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program to new and beginning farm businesses within the state, including maple farms. These funds are intended to assist with start up and expansion costs. Funds are available on a matching grant basis, with a maximum of $10,000 in matching funds. Information and applications are available through the Department of Agriculture Resources.
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