HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture recently announced the opening of the first grant program made possible by the Pennsylvania Farm Bill, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).
The Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (UAI) will provide $500,000 in funding to increase market opportunities for the commonwealth’s urban agriculturalists. The UAI program will provide grants to improve agriculture infrastructure in urban areas, the aggregation of product, sharing of resources, and support for community development efforts.
Projects must include improvements to agricultural infrastructure in urban areas and support for community development in the project service area. Two types of grants can be awarded: “microgrants” and “collaboration” grants. Microgrants of up to $2,500 can be used for one-time projects or a single entity applicant. Collaboration grants (up to $50,000) demonstrate cooperative or regional efforts which share resources, aggregate agricultural products or producers, promote the sharing of resources among agricultural entities, and support community development.
Beginning August 1, individuals and organizations can apply for the grants at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx. The application period closes on September 6.
The PA Farm Bill, a package of legislation that provides support for and continued investments in the commonwealth’s agriculture industry, provides for business development and succession planning, accommodations for a growing animal agriculture sector, removing regulatory burdens, strengthening the ag workforce, protecting infrastructure, and making Pennsylvania the nation’s leading organic state.
For more state-related news and information visit Senator Yaw’s website at www.SenatorGeneYaw.com or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.