Application Information



We are pleased to launch the fourth year of the Local Farmer Awards! In partnership with BIG Y  and our sponsors  HP HOOD LLCBAYSTATE HEALTHFARM CREDIT EASTMGM SPRINGFIELDSPRINGFIELD SHERATON MONARCH PLACE, and the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, we would like to give in a meaningful way, over $112,000 to local farmers.

Award Amount: $2,500

If your farm has an infrastructure project that will help your farm compete in the marketplace, tell us how an award of up to $2,500 for the specific project could help.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Gross sales of $10,000 or above
  • If not a member of Berkshire Grown or CISA, farm must be located in Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin or Berkshire County of Massachusetts
  • Farm must grow, harvest, and market their own agricultural products as more than 50% of your economic activity
  • Funds must be used for farm equipment and/or physical improvements
  • The project must start and finish in calendar year 2018

2018 Schedule

  • Application Opens - January 1, 2018
  • Application Closes - January 31, 2018
  • Final Decisions - Mid-March
  • Awards Issued - Early April or within 2 weeks of anticipated project start date

Additional Information & Tips:

This is a competitive application for a limited number of awards to farmers. Last year we had 116 applications and were able to give awards to 49 farmers. The blind application review process is a difficult one, and we realize that there were many excellent projects that we were unable to fund.

If you applied and did not win an award, we encourage you to try again. Even if you received an award in the past, we invite you to apply again.


You will be asked to supply the following information:

  • General information about your farm such as location, gross sales, and products you sell.
  • Specific details about your proposed project, timeline, and the impact it would have on your business.

Examples of types of projects that have received awards:

  • Equipment purchases
  • Efficiency enhancements
  • Structure improvements or repairs
  • Storage solutions
  • Processing upgrades
  • Other physical improvements

Examples of what the award cannot be used for:

  • Hiring staff
  • Marketing

Tips for a strong Application:

  • State why the proposed project is critical or valuable to your farm's future and how it will help increase production.
  • If possible, provide quantitative information on how the project will provide a return on investment.
  • Explain why the small grant will make a difference even though the project has a very large price tag.
  • Describe objectives with clearly defined problems and solutions
  • Review spelling and grammar (Ask someone else to proofread.)

 

The 2018 Application is now closed.

Congratulations to our award recipients! See past years:

For a map of our Local Farmer Award Recipients, click here.
 

Contact

For more information please contact Cari Carpenter: [email protected] or 413-276-0831.