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MDAR’s Environmental & Energy Grants Now Open

Posted on May 3, 2022 // view all Grants & Loans
Open for Applications – MDAR is now accepting applications from agricultural operations who wish to participate in the Department’s Environmental & Energy grant programs. Grants are available to help agricultural operations make farm improvements that enhance their economic viability while working to prevent negative impacts to environmental resource, adapting to and mitigating climate change, improving energy efficiency, and adopting renewable energy technologies.

Climate Smart Agriculture Program (CSAP)

The Climate Smart Agriculture Program links MDAR’s water, energy and climate grants together into one application. This includes the Agricultural Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program, the Agricultural Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP), and the Agricultural Energy Grant Program (ENER). This combined program continues the goals of the three individual grants by implementing projects that help the agricultural sector adapt to climate change, mitigate climate change, reducing or preventing impacts to natural resources that may result from agricultural practices, and that improve energy efficiency and facilitate adoption of alternative clean energy technologies.

The CSAP grant is broken into two sections:

·     Section I: Environment – for environmental projects such as soil health, water use efficiency, or other projects working towards reducing or limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

·     Section II: Energy – Ag-Energy projects to improve energy efficiency or to facilitate clean energy adoption.

Applicants can apply to either, or both sections. Participants selected for funding under either section are provided with reimbursement grants for 80% of total project costs up to $50,000.

Applications due: 4:00 pm on Friday, June 10, 2022 – Details here.

For more information contact:

Section I: Environment: Laura Maul at 617-626 1739, Laura.Maul@mass.gov

Section II: Energy: Gerry Palano at 617-626 1706, Gerald.Palano@mass.gov

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