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Maryland Horse Industry Board to accept grant applications for research

July 29, 2011

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for nonprofit research, educational and promotional equine activities starting Monday.

The board will award more than $20,000 in grants that support or develop new opportunities for Maryland's horse industry.

Applications must be received by Sept. 30.  

Funding for the board and its grants comes from the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. Since the fund was established in 2002, the board has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to more than 175 projects in Maryland.

Those eligible for grants include nonprofit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions.

Applications will be evaluated based on their value to the industry, degree of industry promotion, size and scope of activity, financial need, potential for matching funds, benefits and quality of the written presentation.

The board recommends that grant requests not exceed $10,000.

Grant recipients will be announced on or before Dec. 1. Funding will be available after Jan. 1, 2012, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2012.

For an application and complete grant guidelines, go to www.mda.state.md.us/horseboard/grants.html.

The Maryland Horse Industry Board was established in 1998 to promote and develop the equine industry in Maryland.

For more information about the board or the Maryland Feed Fund, call Executive Director Ross Peddicord at 410-841-5798, send an email to peddicrd@mda.state.md.us or go to www.mda.state.md.us/horseboard.

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