The purpose of the Maryland Horse Board Grants Program is to develop the Maryland Horse Industry by supporting research, education and promotional activities.
Toward that end, the MHIB is accepting grant applications through Oct. 3 for FY 2015 research, educational and promotional projects that support horses or the equestrian community, or develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry. Read the grant guidelines.
Funding for these grants and for MHIB is provided by the Maryland Feed Fund, which collects $6 on every ton of horse feed sold in Maryland. Since feed fund was established in 2002, MHIB has awarded nearly $325,000 in grants for more than 250 projects throughout Maryland.
Organizations eligible for MHIB grants include non-profit organizations, clubs and associations, businesses, farms and stables, government entities, schools and educational institutions. Projects of interest to the Board include those that develop new opportunities for the Maryland horse industry.
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. Grant requests should not exceed $3,000. The average grant amount is approximately $1,200. In 2014, 28 projects received $30,000 in grant allocations.
All grant applications are due by October 3. Grant recipients will be announced no later than January 1, 2015. Funding will be available after that date. Projects should be completed by June 30, 2015.
Since 2001, the board has awarded 239 grants totaling more than $266,000. For information on the 2014 grantees.
The MHIB was established in 1998 to promote and develop the equine industry in Maryland. For more information about MHIB or the Feed Fund, visit www.mda.maryland.gov/horseboard or contact MHIB Executive Director Ross Peddicord at 410-841-5798 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.