The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) will be hosting two virtual information sessions on the Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Fund (MAERDAF) and the Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund (RMPIF) for FY2021.
Earlier this week, RMC announced they will begin accepting letters of intent to apply for the grants, and today they announced they will host information sessions to review program guidelines and criteria. During the 2020 legislative session, the General Assembly approved $6,327,575 in funding for MAERDAF and RMPIF.
The MAERDAF offers financial support to rural-serving nonprofit organizations that promote statewide and regional planning, economic and community development, and agricultural and forestry education efforts. The Fund also provides targeted financial assistance to community colleges that support small and agricultural businesses through enhanced training and technical assistance offerings.
The RMPIF provides funding for targeted investment to promote economic prosperity in Maryland’s traditionally disadvantaged and under served rural communities.
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