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Applications for grants to support Md. horse industry being accepted

July 31, 2013

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Horse Industry Board will accept grant applications for research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry.

Grant applications can be submitted between Aug. 1 and Sept. 30. Individual requests should not exceed $3,000. Nearly $30,000 is available for grants — a 15 percent increase in funding from the previous year.

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

Projects of interest to the board include those that develop new opportunities and coincide with the board’s mission to increase awareness and growth of the Maryland horse industry.

Projects are 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.

Funding for the grants is provided by “The Maryland Feed Fund,” which was established by the General Assembly in 2002.

The refundable $6 per ton assessment on equine feed costs about $3 per horse to the horse owner and supports the grant program as well as other promotional, research and outreach activities undertaken by the board.

Since the grants program started, the board has awarded 211 grants totaling more than $233,000.

Grant recipients will be announced in December. Funding will be available after Jan. 1. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.

For more information, call Ross Peddicord, board executive director, at 410-841-5798 or send an email to ross.peddicord@maryland.gov.

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