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County seeks state grant

FONDA — Montgomery County is accepting pre-applications for the county’s proposed Agriculture Microenterprise grant, according to a news release.

Montgomery County, along with Montgomery County Business Development Center and Montgomery County Soil & Water, is applying for a $200,000 grant through the state Office for Housing and Community Renewal.

If awarded, the county’s Agriculture Microenterprise Program will target small agriculture businesses by providing working capital for start-up ventures or expansion of existing agriculture businesses.

The county anticipates helping at least 12 new or expanding businesses with MCAMP grants. Businesses that qualify are eligible to receive grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 for their start-up or expansion projects.

Grants are intended as working capital for equipment, inventory and operation, not for construction.

Applicants’ operations must be located within county. Pre-applications are due to Amanda Bearcroft at abearcroft@co.montgomery.ny.us by July 11. Pre-application is for pre-screening purposes only. Submittal of this form does not guarantee acceptance to the program if the county is awarded the funding. 

Applicants still will be required to submit a complete application if the county receives funding.

To view the full application, go to www.mcbdc.org/media-news.

The Montgomery County Business Development Center is a resource for business and economic development, and planning services throughout the county.

Available services include business development and technical assistance; company and facility siting; workforce and labor development; and government coordination, including permit processes and incentives. In addition, the center provides county planning services and grant writing. The center is composed of the Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency, Montgomery County Capital Resource Corp. and the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

For more information, call (518) 853-8334.

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