HAGERSTOWN, MD (July 31, 2023) – The Washington County Department of Business and Economic Development is pleased to announce the launch of the Washington County, Maryland Agricultural Innovation and Equipment Grant. This grant program, exclusively designed for agricultural businesses, farms, and farm owners in Washington County, Maryland, aims to support their growth and development.
The Washington County Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved funding of $300,000 from the Washington County Hotel Rental Tax Fund for this grant program. Over a three-year period, eligible applicants will have the opportunity to apply for grants ranging from $1,000.00 to $25,000.00.
Grant request examples include expanding marketing efforts, business development, and outreach, expanding or adding value-added endeavors, increasing farm viability, enhancing demonstration, conservation, and research, upgrading production buildings for structures used exclusively for animal agricultural purposes, acquiring business supplies, making construction improvements to assist with consumer/customer outreach, expanding advertising, offering new promotions, and supporting agricultural expansion.
Applications will be available starting today, Monday, July 31, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. on the Washington County Department of Business and Economic Development’s website at wcmd.info/ag-innovation-grant. The grant period will remain open until Monday, August 21, 2023, at 4:00 p.m., EST.
The applications will be processed and evaluated based on their total score. In the event of a tie, applications will be prioritized on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligibility requirements, grant performance criteria, and fund usage limitations apply. The grant recipients will be announced and awarded in September 2023.
To submit the completed application, applicants can either email it along with the required attachments to [email protected] or mail it directly to:
Washington County Department of Business and Economic Development
Attn: Agricultural Innovation and Equipment Grant
100 W. Washington Street, Suite 1401
Hagerstown, MD 21740
For questions regarding the Washington County, Maryland Agricultural Innovation and Equipment Grant program or eligibility, please email [email protected].