University of Maryland Extension



Grants for Farmers

  • Kathleen A.P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program
    Kathleen A. P. Mathias Agriculture Energy Efficiency Program (MEA), MEA will provide grants on a competitive basis to farms/businesses in the agriculture sector to cover up to 50% of the cost of eligible energy efficiency upgrades and up to 25% of the cost of eligible renewable energy upgrades, if applicable, after all other incentives have been applied. Subject to funding availabilty

  • Northeast SARE Farmer Grant Program
    The goal of the Farmer grant program is to develop, refine, and demonstrate new sustainable techniques and to explore innovative ideas developed by farmers across the region. Grants average about $5,200, and are capped at $10,000. Application deadlines are usually in late November/early December.

  • USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)
    VAPG Program is to enable viable agricultural producers to develop businesses that produce and market value-added agricultural products. Grants are made to agricultural producers (independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures). Grant funds must be used by the agricultural producer for either economic planning activities for the value-added venture or operational costs (working capital) limited to activities directly related to the processing and/or marketing of the value-added product. For more information ...


Grants for Agricultural Professionals

  • Northeast SARE Partnership Grant Program 
    The Partnership Grant is for agricultural professionals who work directly with farmers—specifically Cooperative Extension, NRCS personnel, non-governmental organizations, and others operating in the farm community—who are interested in developing on-farm demonstration, research, or marketing projects related to sustainable agriculture in the northeast region, and should offer both research and outreach components. Application deadlines are usually in late November/early December


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