A new grant program that supports local foods businesses is now available in Rockingham and Augusta counties, according to a press release.
Valley Conservation Council is partnering with the Staunton Creative Community Fund to create the Agriculture Cultivates Resilient EconomieS (ACRES) grant program.
ACRES is designed to boost family businesses that are part of the regional foods economy and have taken steps to improve water quality.
Valley Conservation Council is offering grants between $1,000 and $3,000 for marketing, infrastructure expansion, or other identified needs, while Staunton Creative Community Fund will provide business training to the grant recipients.
The grant program will provide funding, business education, and conservation technical assistance for small farms and local foods businesses in Augusta and Rockingham counties, as well as Harrisonburg, Staunton and Waynesboro.
For more information about ACRES or to apply for the program, go to valleyconservation.org.