The Matching Enterprise Grants for Agriculture (MEGA) program assists beginning farmers who are between 1 and 6 years in business by providing technical assistance and business planning for farm improvement strategies. Grant funds of up to $10,000 are available on a 1:1 matching cost reimbursement basis to assist farmers whose goal is to raise agricultural products and who aspire to develop their farms into commercially viable operations. Funds are typically used for equipment, infrastructure, or other capital improvements to implement strategies identified during the planning process to help their business grow.
The deadline for completed applications to be received has been extended to 4:00PM on Monday, April 20, 2020.
The Request for Response has been amended to allow applicants that have not yet filed 2019 taxes for their farm business to provide 2019 income and expense estimates with the application, and then submit a copy of relevant tax form by July 29, 2020.