Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity
Fishermen, aquaculture, and seafood businesses can benefit from the Massachusetts Infrastructure Grant Opportunity when they apply to the Massachusetts Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program. Funds can be used to purchase equipment to make your business and the local food system more resilient. This grant program is run by the state of Massachusetts and the application deadline is October 31, 2021.
Fishermen are an integral part of the food system. As the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us, the connection between the community and access to their food has become more important than ever. To be resilient during times like this, fishermen need investments in infrastructure.
In the last year, this program provided $36 Million to farmers, fishermen, seafood processors, aquaculture companies, food banks, and food distributors.
Some of the items that were funded for the fishing and seafood community in 2021 included:
- Refrigerated Trucks
- Ice Machines
- Cutting and Gutting Machines
- Trawl Doors and Sensors
- Lobster Tanks
Applications for these grants are challenging. They take time and may require the assistance of a grant writer. Fishing Partnership Support Services recognizes that improving the economic security of fishing families through infrastructure investments can also improve their health and safety. To ease the financial burden that may come from taking the time to write and conduct research for this grant, FPSS will provide $150 to anyone in the seafood community that needs it to apply. Maybe you need to hire a grant writer. Maybe you need to give up a fishing day to get quotes. We know these constraints can be significant and may potentially prevent you from applying if you do not have assistance. Fishing Partnership will offset the costs associated with applying for this grant in the amount of $150.
How to Get $150 After Applying for the Grant
After you apply, simply forward the confirmation email you receive from the state to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and we will send you a check for $150 to help offset your costs. We think investments in infrastructure are that important to the health and safety of fishing families and the seafood community.
Applications are due by October 31, 2021.
Reimbursement requests will be accepted up until December 31, 2021.
Contact a Fishing Partnership Navigator if you have any questions about how to receive this reimbursement.