The Missouri Department of Agriculture announced up to $100,000 for the Urban and Non-Traditional Agriculture Matching Grant Program. The department will award grants of up to $7,500 for reimbursement of expenses associated with urban and non-traditional agriculture. Applications must be received by Oct. 1, 2016.
(Mo Department of Agriculture Press Release)
Eligible projects include urban agricultural projects and non-traditional agricultural activities which such as introducing a new crop or product to an area or expanding the use of or adding value to agricultural products. Projects should lead to the development of small agribusinesses, production infrastructure, direct distribution venues and workforce development. Projects that demonstrate an economic benefit and potential for sustainable revenue generation and job creation will be given priority.
Examples of projects include assisting farmers’ markets, developing small agribusinesses, implement production infrastructure, creating direct distribution venues, developing agricultural workforce or providing training and development skills for agricultural business sustainability.
Applications must be received by Oct. 1, 2016. The anticipated award date is Oct. 15, 2016, and projects must be completed by May 1, 2017.
For a grant application or more information about this and other grant opportunities available through the Missouri Department of Agriculture, visit the Department online at agriculture.mo.gov.