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Agricultural Hemp Promotion, Education and Export Promotion Matching Grant Program

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #206426

Grant Description

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Grants to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations for projects that help to increase the sales, export, or awareness of the state's hemp products. Funding is intended to assist marketing and advertising organizations in promoting the hemp industry. Eligible activities include local or national promotion. Priority is given to the promotion, education, and export market development of agricultural hemp within the Commonwealth. Special consideration will be given to projects that leverage other funding and public-private partnerships.

The goal of the grant program is to offer opportunities for farm income and jobs as well as new possibilities for climate-friendly, environmentally beneficial help products. Projects should:

  1. Increase consumer awareness of agricultural hemp products within this Commonwealth and thereby increase sales of these agricultural hemp products.
  2. Educate producers and consumers with respect to agricultural hemp products within this Commonwealth.
  3. Facilitate the growth and development of export markets for agricultural hemp products within this Commonwealth.

An eligible hemp product is an agricultural or industrial product that is legal to grow, process, and sell within this Commonwealth, which has a major component/ingredient derived from the hemp plant.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will be awarded to Pennsylvania nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations.

A nonprofit business organization must have its principal business offices within the Commonwealth, have 50% or more of its membership within the Commonwealth, or have 50% or more of the agricultural products which it promotes or markets produced within the Commonwealth, and have as its members groups, individuals or organizations that serve to distribute a Commonwealth produced agricultural product in commerce. These members may include wholesalers, distributors, brokers, retailers, processors, growers, and producers.

Projects that are joint efforts between two or more Pennsylvania nonprofit agricultural product promotion and marketing organizations may be given preference over projects involving only one organization.

Grants may not be used to defray the costs of employing temporary or permanent personnel.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period closes Friday, December 2, 2022, at 5:00 PM.

The matching grants will reimburse up to half of the project costs.

The Department will e-mail notice of the acceptance or rejection of a grant application by Friday, December 30, 2022.

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant amount is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must have started on or after July 1, 2022, and must be completed on or before June 30, 2023.

Contact Information:

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Direct questions to:
Ruth Welliver
Bureau of Plant Industry
Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9408
(717) 772-5222

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