Montgomery County adds grant program for agriculture businesses

Montgomery County has announced a program to help agricultural businesses with expenses resulting from the pandemic. The Montgomery County Commissioners approved this grant program, which is funded from the federal CARES Act.

“Our farmers in Montgomery County work hard to supply food for our region,” said Montgomery County Commission President Judy Dodge. “This pandemic has affected our agriculture industry, just as it has every other part of our lives and our economy. Because our farm operators are providing this basic human need through the pandemic, we wanted to make relief funds available, specifically to this industry.”

Each awarded grant will be up to $100,000. Those funds can be used for expenses like mortgage or rent, business insurance, personal protective equipment and supplies, technology, utility costs, or other operating expenses. These grants can cover expenses between March 1 and Dec. 31.

“Our agriculture industry saw the effects of the shutdown in the spring, but those business owners never stopped working,” said Marvene Mitchell-Cook, Director of the Office of CARES Act. “The men and women who produce our food are still fighting through tough times, and this program will be there to help them.”

To qualify for the agriculture grant program, applicants must:

  • Be physically located in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Serve or benefit individuals living in Montgomery County, Ohio
  • Meet program technical requirements, including the ability to provide financial records to support the grant application and be able to track and report the spending of grant funds

Information about required documentation and a link to apply for this program are online at www.mcohiocares.org. Links to other local CARES Act grant programs are also available through the website, including grants for small businesses, healthcare organizations, daycares and preschools, educational institutions, nonprofits, and mortgage, rent, and utility assistance for individuals and families.

As part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the U.S. Treasury has issued Montgomery County $92 million. This funding will be used to provide financial relief to individuals and businesses that have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.