Healthy Soils Competitive Fund Grant Accepting Proposals January 3-March 6, 2024

The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) will accept Fiscal Year 2024 grant applications for its Healthy Soils Competitive Fund beginning January 3, 2024. This program provides financial assistance to eligible farmers and organizations to adopt conservation practices that benefit the climate, soil, and water. Regardless of farm size, Maryland
farmers and organizations with innovative conservation ideas are encouraged to apply for these grants. Successful applicants will receive up to $50,000 to support 3 years of enhanced soil health practices.
Funds are available to farmers or organizations that want to manage the following practices in innovative ways:
Cover Crops, Conservation Tillage, Pasture and Hay Planting, Conservation Cover, Critical Area Planting, Conservation Crop Rotation, Nutrient Management, Integrated Pest Management, New for 2024 – Soil Carbon Amendment
Additionally, the following Agroforestry practices are available for funding:
Alley Cropping, Hedgerow Planting, Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment, Silvopasture, Tree and Shrub Establishment
There are no minimum or maximum acreage requirements. Grant recipients will receive a portion of the funds (not to exceed 40%) upfront, with the remainder distributed annually upon verification of progress. The allowable upfront payment will be dependent on the proposed scope of work. Grants provided by the Healthy Soils Competitive Fund may be used to support the implementation of conservation practices, purchase equipment that supports the adoption of soil health practices, and cover research and administrative costs for organizations that provide technical support to producers.
Grant applications are available at https://mda.maryland.gov/resource_conservation/Pages/Soil-Health.aspx .
Applications should be submitted to MDA by 5 p.m. on March 6, 2024. Grant recipients will be notified by April 30, 2024.
For more information, please contact Nick Miller at nicholas.miller2@maryland.gov or 410-980-2350.

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