HARRISBURG – Rep. Matthew Dowling (R-Fayette/Somerset) announced the new Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is accepting applications through Friday, Sept. 6.
“Agriculture is our state’s top industry, and this new grant program will help it grow even more,” Dowling said.
This program, established by Act 40 of 2019, aims to strengthen communities by offering reimbursement grants to those interested in developing urban infrastructure, promoting aggregation of product and sharing resources throughout urban areas.
Those seeking to begin improvement projects in an urban area are eligible to apply for a grant if they fall under any of the following categories: individuals, partnerships, associations, businesses and municipal governments.
Applications which are deemed eligible will receive either a microgrant or a collaboration grant to assist funding of projects. Microgrants are assigned to single applicants with a maximum amount of $2,500. Collaboration grants are focused on combined efforts with a reimbursement of up to $50,000.
Individuals and organizations can apply online for the grants at esa.dced.state.pa.us/login.aspx
For more information regarding the Urban Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program (UAI), please contact Dowling’s office at 724-438-6100.
Act 40 was one of several new laws within the Growing PA Agriculture package, which was passed by the General Assembly in June. Other new laws will ensure a quick state-level response to threats to livestock or crops; establish a Pennsylvania Agricultural Business Development Center to help farmers create a business plan, transition plan or succession plan; enhance youth exposure to opportunities in the agriculture industry; boost enrollment in the veteran farmer Homegrown by Heroes program; provide specialty crop block grants; and more.
Representative Matt Dowling
51st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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