USDA announces $6 Million in Competitive Grant Funding for the Acer Access and Development Program

March 23, 2021

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced $6 million in competitive grant funding for the Acer Access and Development Program (Acer). This program supports the efforts of states, tribal governments and research institutions to promote the domestic maple syrup industry.

Acer supports Market Development and Promotion projects to improve consumer knowledge, awareness and understanding of the maple syrup industry and its products. Acer also supports Producer and Landowner Education project to advance producer knowledge, awareness and understanding of research, educational resources, or natural resource sustainability practices affecting the maple syrup industry and its products.

AMS encourages applications that serve smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities. For grants intending to serve these audiences, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.

Applications must be submitted electronically through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 24, 2021. Any grant application submitted after the due date will not be considered unless the applicant provides documentation of an extenuating circumstance that prevented their timely submission of the grant application. Read more in AMS Late and Non-Responsive Application Policy.

For more information about grant eligibility and previously funded projects, visit the Acer webpage or contact Martin Rosier at

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