MOFGA Technical Assistance Grants

Fiscal Year 2022 Request for Applications

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is pleased to announce this grant opportunity to help farmers, processors and food entrepreneurs access technical assistance for their business (i.e., business planning, market research or expansion, production and scaling up assistance, accessing new markets, etc.). 

FUNDING SOURCE

This round of the MOFGA Technical Assistance (TA) Grant is funded by the Agricultural Viability Alliance through a Northern Border Regional Commission subaward, and has particular restrictions detailed below. 

ELIGIBILITY and DESCRIPTION

  1. Farms, processors and food businesses in Maine are eligible except those in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties as they are not considered to be part of the Northern Border Region. 
  2. Applicants must be one of the following:
    1. certified organic business
    2. organic under the small farm exemption
    3. alumni of past MOFGA farm training program (i.e., Farm Beginnings, Maine Farm Resilience Program, Apprenticeship or Journeyperson program)
    4. able to show that business is actively transitioning to certified organic production or processing
    5. food business or processor who utilizes organic and/or local ingredients
  3. Applicants must have completed one of several types of farm or food business training programs (e.g., Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry’s Farms for the Future, Maine Farmland Trust’s Farming for Wholesale or Business of Farming, MOFGA’s Farm Beginnings, etc.) or be able to document a clear barrier to accessing these programs.
  4. Awardees should be prepared to answer the following questions at the open and close of their project:
    1. What was your net operating income for 2020 and for 2021 (i.e., your profit or loss from operations — does not include the sale of capital assets)?
    2. What was your net worth on December 31, 2020, and on December 31, 2021?
    3. What was your payroll for 2020 and for 2021?

We will assist you with these reports, which will be shared in aggregate with the Northern Border Regional Commission to help them track their economic impact.

AVAILABLE FUNDS

Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $2,000, and are capped at $2,000 per applicant. MOFGA will award up to $8,000 during this grant round. 

ALLOWABLE COSTS

Funding can be used to pay for professional technical assistance that addresses such needs as business planning, enterprise assessment, marketing, legal fees, production analysis — or a myriad of other technical assistance needs — often to address a significant point in a business’ evolution. Examples of past uses of TA Grant funds include enterprise budgeting, setting up a QuickBooks chart of accounts, designing linked inventory tracking spreadsheets, market research, branding and logo development, website or social media development, structural engineering and building design, legal services for business restructuring and succession planning, product development, and food safety certification. We can assist you in identifying consultants and technical assistance providers, or you may utilize professionals you have identified.

UNALLOWABLE COSTS

Grants can not be used for supplies, packaging, labeling and post-harvest handling efficiencies, equipment and infrastructure, or for grant writers.

MAXIMUM AWARD

Applicants can apply for a maximum grant award of $2,000. No matching funds are required, but you must show where additional funds will be available if your project budget is greater than the requested grant amount.

PROJECT LENGTH

Grants will be awarded in December 2021 for projects that can be completed by June 30, 2022. Projects must be completed by that time.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

We encourage applicants to contact Nicolas Lindholm ([email protected] or 207-505-5752) if you need to be connected with consultants, technical assistance providers or program partners, for assistance while developing applications and/or during implementation of projects.

DEADLINES

All applications must be submitted by November 21, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. 

Applicants will be notified or can expect to hear back regarding award decisions starting December 10, 2021.

SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS

MOFGA prefers completed applications to be sent via email to: [email protected] 

If this is a hardship or not an option, then hardcopies can be mailed to:

MOFGA C/O Nicolas Lindholm

P.O. Box 170 Unity, ME  04988

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