The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program (MEGA) seeks to assist new farmers and their commercial farm enterprises. The Program offers individual business planning and technical assistance to support the special needs of beginning farmers. It also makes available financial assistance for equipment, infrastructure or other capital improvements needed to implement strategies recommended through the planning process.
It is the objective of the MEGA Program to assist farmers whose goal is to raise agricultural products and who aspire to develop their farms into commercially viable operations. Beginning farmers who are in their 1st to 5th year of operation may apply to the Program. Priority will be given to new farmers who have knowledge or direct experience in agriculture, and have a potential to develop or expand productivity or commercial significance of their farms with the infusion of additional technical support and capital. Ten to twelve farms have been selected for funding in each year since the Program was established in Fiscal 2011.
Funding provided from this Program will be made available on a one to one matching grant basis. The maximum award shall be $10,000. Consultants and planners provided by the Department are an additional program benefit and the value of their services is in addition to the grant award.
Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Applications Available:
The Department of Agricultural Resources expects to announce an open application period for MEGA by early April 2015 and applications will be due by late June 2015. RFRs (Request for Responses) and the policy information they contain do change from year to year. If you would like to see a copy of the last MEGA application - click on RFR MEGA 5 . This application is posted for informational purposes only and will not be accepted if submitted.For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions .
Grants and Funding Programs
- Agricultural Energy Grant Program (Ag-Energy)
- Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP)
- Agricultural Food Safety Improvement Program (AFSIP)
- APR Improvement Program (AIP)
- Farm Energy Discount Program
- Farm Viability Enhancement Program (FVEP)
- Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP)
- Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture Program (MEGA)
- Rollover Protective Structure (ROPS) Retrofit Program
- Urban Agriculture Program