Horizon Farm Credit announced the 2023 kick-off of its JumpStart program, which provides grant funding to help new farmers establish and grow their operations.
The JumpStart grant program awards $10,000 to top applicants in the start-up phase of business and is part of the larger, comprehensive Grow Ahead program, which provides additional resources and support for those just starting out in agriculture. This year, 15 JumpStart grants will be awarded.
Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age or older as of July 31, 2023, must have two years or less of farming experience (or be planning to begin farming within the next two years), and must reside in Horizon Farm Credit’s territory. Those meeting program requirements are encouraged to apply at https://www.horizonfc.com/jumpstart . Applications will be accepted June 1 through July 31, 2023. There is no cost to apply.
- Must be a beginning farmer with two years or less experience or planning to start farming in the next two years
- Reside in Horizon Farm Credit’s territory (Frederick County is)
- Current Farm Credit customers and non-customers are eligible to apply
- Must be 18 years of age or older as of July 31, 2023