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Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program

How to apply to the Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program
Application period is now open. Responses must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2020

Laura J. Maul

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Overview & Goals:

The Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program supports cranberry operations in the creation of more efficient bog systems, both in design and production, while at the same time working to prevent, reduce, or eliminate environmental impacts. By providing reimbursement grants to eligible operations, the Program works to achieve the goals of minimizing environmental impacts while enhancing sustainability of these operations. 

Eligible Projects: 

Renovation projects that result in more efficient bog designs and increased production while adopting known practices that help prevent impacts on water quality, ensure efficient use of water, and other conservation benefits or environmental goals. 

Examples include: 

  • New vines
  • Sand and leveling 
  • Water management structures
  • Excavation equipment or services
  • Other equipment 

Eligible Applicants: 

  • Agricultural operations as defined by M.G.L. c. 128, Sec.1A that are principally and substantially engaged in the business of cranberry production for commercial purposes;
  • Bogs must be greater than 1 (one) acre;
  • Applicant must own, or be a Co-Applicant with the owner, who has a legal interest in the land whether by deed or written agreement and approval to implement the project on the property, which must be in active agricultural use and managed as a commercial enterprise by the Applicant for at least the three (3) previous years. This three (3) year management requirement may be waived if the operator has substantial direct management experience in cranberry production.

Maximum Funding: 

Maximum funding is 75% of total project costs up to $75,000. 

Per Acre Grant Funding is Limited to:

 1 - 2.5 Acres

$20,000 per acre

2.6 – 5 Acres

$15,000 per acre

5.1 -10 Acres

$10,000 per acre

Greater than 10 Acres

$7,500 per acre

 

Deadlines: 

  • The application period for Fiscal Year 2021 is now open.  Application deadline is 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2020. 
  • Contract end date is June 30th, 2021 with no options for an extension.

How to apply Cranberry Bog Renovation Grant Program

Mail your completed application to:

Laura J. Maul
MA Department of Agricultural Resources
30 Riverside Drive, Suite 200
Lakeville, MA 02347

Applications must be received by the Department by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2020. 
Postmarked applications will not be accepted. 

Email your completed application to:

laura.maul@mass.gov

Applications must be received by the Department by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2020. 

Hand deliver your completed application to:

Laura J. Maul
MA Department of Agricultural Resources
30 Riverside Drive, Suite 200
Lakeville, MA 02347

Applications must be received by the Department by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, 2020.

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