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Maryland horse board accepting grant applications

April 29, 2008

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Horse Industry Board is accepting grant applications for not-for-profit equine activities for the 2009 fiscal year.

The will award more than $20,000 in grants for research, education and promotion projects that support the state's horse industry. Applications must be postmarked by May 1.

Projects will be evaluated for value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of the activity, financial need and quality of the written presentation.

Since 2001, the board has awarded 156 grants totaling more than $179,000 for projects in 21 counties and Baltimore City. The largest grant awarded was $8,000 and the smallest was $70 with an average award of approximately $1,200.

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The Maryland Feed Fund, established during the 2002 legislative session, provides an ongoing source of money to promote the horse industry. The refundable $2 per ton assessment on equine feed costs about $1 per horse per year to the horse owner and supports this grant program as well as other promotional, research and outreach activities undertaken by the board.

The board was established in 1998 to promote and develop the horse industry.

For grant guidelines, applications and additional information, visit www.marylandhorseindustry.org or call 410-841-5861.

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