MONTGOMERY COUNTY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER (MCBDC) AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT (MCSWD) OFFER MONTGOMERY COUNTY AGRICULTURE MICROENTERPRISE PROGRAM (MCAMP) GRANTS
The Montgomery County Business Development Center and Montgomery County Soil and Water Department are administering a Montgomery County Agriculture Microenterprise Program (MCAMP) that will provide grants to eligible agricultural entrepreneurs and business owners that want to establish or expand an existing business located within Montgomery County. Applicants must be a new or existing commercial agriculture enterprise with five or fewer employees, one or more of which may be the principals and own the enterprise at time of application. Applications are now available through the MCBDC on their website, http://www.mcbdc.org/ or by calling the organization at (518) 853-8334. They are also available through Montgomery County Soil & Water by contacting Julicia Godbout at (518) 853-7013.
Total grant pool in this round of funding is $188,000; applicants must be able to fulfill the 10% owner cash equity contribution. Preference will be given to MWBE-status and Veteran-status business owners, to projects/businesses that result in job creation and projects/businesses that offer internships, job-shadowing or apprenticeship opportunities. Grants are intended as working-capital for equipment, furniture, fixtures, inventory and operation; NOT for construction, reimbursement of existing debt or purchase of real estate.
Applications will be reviewed by the MCAMP Grant Committee, comprised of staff from the MCBDC and MCSWCD, members of the Montgomery County Legislature, members of the Agricultural Economic Development (AED) Advisory Committee and members of the Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board of Directors.
The grant information session, was held on Monday, March 12, 7pm at the Montgomery County Office Annex, Room 214, 20 Park Street in Fonda. Questions and answers from that meeting can be found here, FAQs.
The Entrepreneurial Training Workshops, which are mandatory for grant applicants but can be taken by anyone, will be scheduled for mid-April to mid-May. Price for the four courses is $100 or $25 per class. For successful grant applicants, this fee may be reimbursable. Classes will be on the following topics with instructors TBD: Business Basics; Recordkeeping, Accounting, Taxes and Financing; Marketing and Advertising; and Business Plans. More information on these classes can be found after March 12 on the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce website at www.fultonmontgomeryny.org or on the MCBDC website.
For more information, or a grant application, please contact Amanda Bearcroft, MCBDC, 9 Park Street, Fonda, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (518) 853-8334 or through MCSWD at www.montgomerycountyny-swcd.com, 4001 NY 5S, Fultonville.
For more information on the Entrepreneurial Workshops, please contact Terry Swierzowski at the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or by phone at (518) 725-0641.
Application Checklist (Due on May 31, 2018)
□ Complete and signed application
□ Business Plan (if available)
□ Copy of Certificate of Incorporation, DBA certificate, partnership filing, or joint venture agreement
□ Signed Letter of Agreement
□ Personal Financial Statement and/or tax returns for the past two years – signed copies (business and personal)
□ Documentation to support use of funds and amount requested (quotes, cost estimates, sales brochure)
□ Any other documents you feel would help this application (marketing materials, references, etc.)
Other MCAMP Documentation