MONTGOMERY COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (MCBDC) AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (MCSWD) OFFER MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURE MICROENTERPRISE PROGRAM (MCAMP) GRANTS
The Montgomery County Business Development Center and Montgomery County Soil and Water Department are administering the second round of the Montgomery County Agriculture Microenterprise Program (MCAMP). Grants will be provided to eligible agricultural entrepreneurs and business owners that want to establish or expand an existing business located within Montgomery County. Applicants must be a new or existing commercial agriculture enterprise with five or fewer employees, one or more of which may be the principals and own the enterprise at time of application. Applications are now available through the MCBDC on their website, https://montgomerycountyworks.com/ or by calling the organization at (518) 853-8334. They are also available through Montgomery County Soil & Water by contacting John Vanderwerken at (518) 853-7013.
Total grant pool in this round of funding is $188,000; applicants must be able to fulfill the 10% owner cash equity contribution. Preference will be given to MWBE-status and Veteran-status business owners, to projects/businesses that result in job creation and projects/businesses that offer internships, job-shadowing or apprenticeship opportunities. Grants are intended as working-capital for equipment, furniture, fixtures, inventory and operation; NOT for construction, reimbursement of existing debt or purchase of real estate.
Applications will be reviewed by the MCAMP Grant Committee, comprised of staff from the MCBDC and MCSWCD, members of the Montgomery County Legislature, members of the Agricultural Economic Development (AED) Advisory Committee and members of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board of Directors.
For more information, please contact Alex Kuttesch, MCBDC, 9 Park Street, Fonda, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (518) 853-8202 or through MCSWD at www.montgomerycountyny-swcd.com, 4001 NY 5S, Fultonville.
Congratulations to all 2019 grant awardees listed below!