The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced that $1 million in competitive grant funding is available for the Acer Access and Development Program (Acer). This program supports the efforts of states, tribal governments, and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry.
Activities eligible for support include: promotion of research and education related to maple syrup production; promotion of natural resource sustainability in the maple syrup industry; market promotion for maple syrup and maple-sap products; encouragement of owners and operators of privately held land containing species of trees in the genus Acer to initiate or expand maple-sugaring activities on the land or to voluntarily make the land available, including by lease or other means, for access by the public for maple-sugaring activities.
Please review the Request for Applications on the AMS website for details about eligible projects. Applications from eligible applicants must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 25, 2017 through Grants.gov.