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Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Fund

Grants to Maryland Businesses
to Offset the Effects of COVID-19

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Maryland Agriculture and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO)

Deadline Date:

06/06/20 - Postmarked by Date or Electronic Receipt by 06/10/20.


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Grants of up to $50,000 and grants of up to $75,000 to Maryland businesses to mitigate losses and disruptions related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Funding is intended to support local cooperatives and producers and processors of natural resources that have been impacted by the Coronavirus health crisis. Grant funds will be used to adjust operations in order to serve new markets or make business operations more economically sustainable going forward in the short-term. Applicants that can demonstrate an immediate need for equipment use will be given higher priority.

To help Maryland’s food and fiber producers, harvesters and primary processors adjust to the business disruptions caused by COVID-19, MARBIDCO is offering the Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Fund (PAEGF), which has been established using federal Coronavirus Relief Funds provided by the State of Maryland (Maryland Department of Health). 

Priority in the review of applications will include an assessment of immediate need, the amountof money being requested, as well as the following:

  • Higher Funding Priority: Grants to be used for food, fiber, and nursery/greenhouse production, processing, and distribution.
  • Lower Funding Priority: Grants to be used for other purposes not described above. 

Eligible expenses are equipment and capital assets which will help farmers and producers, seafood and timber harvesters, forest product operations, and food and seafood processors to make adjustments caused by the pandemic and diversify their business operations. Examples include,but are not limited to, the following:

  • Refrigeration and related food storage equipment and facilities
  • Livestock or seafood processing equipment and facilities
  • Fruit, vegetable or timber processing equipment and facilities
  • Composting equipment and facilities
  • Creamery production equipment
  • Manure digesters
  • Optimization systems for maximizing fiber yield recovery
  • Dry kilns, shavings mills, sawdust dryers and in-woods chippers
  • Production buildings and major fixtures

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189840

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for grant funds of between $1,000 and $50,000. Wood and seafood processors and agricultural cooperatives may apply for a grant up to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

No equipment may be purchased (or ordered) after July 30, 2020, but equipment that has been purchased since March 15, 2020 may be eligible for cost reimbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be a crop, forage or livestock farmer or processor, nursery or greenhouse producer, seafood or timber harvester, agricultural cooperative, seafood processor, or primary or secondary timber products processor. Grant funds and matching funds must be used for equipment projects and capital asset purchases that have a useful life of seven years or more.

Applicants must demonstrate that they have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and that the grant will be used to adjust their operations in order to serve new markets or make their operations more economically sustainable going forward in the short-term. Applicants that can demonstrate an immediate need for the equipment use will be given higher priority.

Applicants must be currently operating their for-profit business in a substantial manner. Start-up operations and nonprofit organizations are not eligible to apply

Standard motorized farm implements, cars, trucks, and boat purchases are not eligible equipment items under this program, but refrigeration units to be installed in trucks and vans are eligible. In addition, any equipment or capital asset purchase made before March 15, 2020 is ineligible. For a full list of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

MARBIDCO Deadline: Received electronically by June 10, 2020, or postmarked by June 6, 2020.

Applications requesting $20,000 or less will likely have a higher priority for funding.

Grants are available up to 80% of the eligible project cost, with the applicant repsonsible for the other 20% of the project. Applicants to the grant may also apply to use loan proceeds from the Pandemic Adjustment Loan Fund (or another MARBIDCO loan program), to help satisfy the 20% matching requirement for the Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Fund program.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send completed applications to:
Electronically to or by mail to:
Pandemic Adjustment Equipment Grant Program
1410 Forest Drive, Suite 21
Annapolis, MD 21403

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