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Horse industry board to award grants

July 13, 2012

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for nonprofit research, educational and promotional equine activities beginning Aug. 1.

The board intends to award up to $25,000 in grants that support or develop new opportunities for Maryland’s horse industry. Applications must be received by Oct. 1.

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. It is an effective model for how industry groups can help themselves without relying on taxpayer dollars. Since the fund was established in 2002, the board has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to nearly 200 projects in Maryland.

Organizations eligible for grants include nonprofit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects will be evaluated for 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 $3,000, which was the size of the largest grant awarded last year. The average grant amount is about $1,200.

Grant recipients will be announced on or before Dec. 1. Funding will be available after Jan. 1, 2013. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2013.

For an application and more complete grant guidelines, go to www.mda.maryland.gov/horseboard/grants.html.

For more information about the board or the feed fund, call Ross Peddicord, executive director, at 410-841-5798, send an email to ross.peddicord@maryland.gov or go to www.mda.maryland.gov/horseboard.

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