Massachusetts’ Climate Smart Agriculture Program is the combined application for the Ag Climate Resiliency & Efficiencies (ACRE) Program, the Ag Environmental Enhancement Program (AEEP) and the Ag-Energy Program (ENER). This round of funding includes energy efficiency and renewable energy projects that were previously funded under the Traditional Agricultural Energy Grant Program and combines the application process for ACRE & AEEP to seek responses for practices that work towards adapting to and/or mitigating climate variability and change, and/or practices that work towards reducing or preventing impacts to natural resources that may result from agricultural practices. Projects that help the agricultural sector reduce vulnerability to expected climate change effects (adaptation), mitigate climate change by reducing emissions, avoiding and displacing emissions, and/or removing emissions, and improving economic resiliency are eligible. Proposals for projects that work towards both adaptation and mitigation will be a priority for funding. Proposals for projects that improve soil management, improve water use efficiency and availability, promote efforts to reduce or limit greenhouse gas emissions or to enhance greenhouse gas sequestration including post-harvest infrastructure upgrades, improve energy efficiency and facilitate clean energy adoption will all be considered. Projects are broken into two categories; Part I: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation and Part II: Energy Efficiency & Renewable Projects.
Applications are due by June 19, 2020.