A second round of MDAR’s APSIP Grant has been posted with a due date of Friday, November 13, 2020.

MDAR has decided to open a second application period for the Agricultural Produce Safety Improvement Program (APSIP) to accommodate for overlapping goals with the recently closed Food Security Infrastructure Grant (FSIG) Program, in addition to timing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MDAR will now be accepting additional applications from agricultural operations who wish to participate in the Department’s Agricultural Produce Safety Improvement Program (APSIP). Interested operations are encouraged to review the Request for Response (RFR) on the program’s website.  If interested in applying, applications must be submitted with any additional documentation by the  deadline of Friday, November 13th.

The purpose of the APSIP grant is to support produce operations in implementing enhanced produce safety measures that help reduce food safety risks and help to minimize microbial contamination and food-borne illnesses.   In addition, by implementing eligible upgrades that help reduce a food safety risk, the program helps operations maintain or increase their market access.

APSIP is a competitive, re-imbursement grant program that funds projects up to $40,000 or 80% of total project costs. This round of funding has an application deadline of Friday, November 13, 2020 and projects must be completed by June 30, 2021.

NOTE: For those applicants who have already submitted their applications under the first round RFR-AGR-APSIP-FY21 you do not need to resubmit.  All applications received in Round One will be evaluated separately from those received in Round Two.  Once all applications have been reviewed, MDAR will announce awarded grants to the top applicants in each Round. If you currently have submitted an application that you would like to withdraw from consideration for funding please email Laura.Maul@mass.gov.

APSIP grant applications are available at www.mass.gov/how-to/agricultural-produce-safety-improvement-program-apsip.