This Agricultural Cost Share Reimbursement (ACRE) Program provides matching grant cost-share assistance to farmers for agricultural business projects that improve, expand and increase the profitability of the agricultural enterprise. Examples of agricultural projects that may be eligible for this program include but are not limited to: deer fence, agricultural well, vertical racks for microgreens, farm equipment and tools, hydroponics equipment, aquaponics equipment and refrigeration
Three important factors related to this program include:

  • The Farmer is responsible for paying at least half of the total project cost.
  • There is $15,000 maximum (lifetime) amount allowed per farm/farmer/agricultural operation.
  • There is a $25,000 maximum amount (total for all Montgomery County projects) per fiscal year.

Apply to ACRE Program

This program is made possible through a partnership between the County and the Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation (MARBIDCO), a quasi-public corporation established in 2004 by the Governor and Maryland General Assembly to:

  • Develop agricultural industries and markets;
  • Support appropriate commercialization of agricultural processes and technology;
  • Assist with rural land preservation efforts; and
  • Alleviate the shortage of nontraditional capital and credit available at affordable interest rates for investment in agricultural and resource-based businesses.

MARBIDCO achieves its mission of helping farm, forestry, and seafood businesses achieve sustainability and profitability through a variety of programs that provide business assistance and financial services. The programs promote agricultural entrepreneurship and nurture emerging and expanding food and fiber markets.

The County Council, recognizing the importance of this program and the considerable impact it achieves through a relatively small investment, approved an additional appropriation of $15,000 to expand this initiative. To date, $97,509 (County funding: $50,755 – MARBIDCO funding: $46,754) in grant funding has been provided to support 25 agricultural projects to expand farming operations in several different ways including-deer fence, agricultural well, vertical racks for microgreens, farm equipment and tools, hydroponics equipment, aquaponics equipment, refrigeration and pond repair.

For more information or to make application for this program, please contact Jacqueline Arnold at
301-590-2859 or by email at Jacqueline.arnold@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Projects funded through ACRE cost share program:

PROJECT FARM MARBIDCO FUNDING County FUNDING
Deer Fencing One Acre Farm $3000 $4000
Ruppert Nursery $3000 $3000
The Farm at Our House $1,422 $1,422
  Bella Vita Farm $1,079 $1,080
  Old West Minster Winery $3,000 $4,000
  Chicken of the Woods Permaculture Farm $ $
  Chirandu Farm $ $
WSSC Sub Meter Proud Food Farm $354 $354
Installation of Well One Acre Farm $3000 $4000
  Old Westminster Winery $3,000 $3,000
Irrigation Pond Repair One Acre Farm $3000 $3000
Farm Cultivation Equipment Sligo Creek Farms/DBA       
The Farm at Our House
$2627.5 $2627.5
Walk in Cooler/Refrigeration The Codyledon, LLC/DBA
Common Root Farm
$2,754 $2,754
  Savage Acres Farm $1,778 $1,778
  Wildflower Farm $382 $382
Weed Management Equipment The Farm at Our House $1,743 $1,743
Mobile Refrigeration  One Acre Farm $1,961 $1,961
Greenhouse Common Root Farm $3,000 $3,000
Hydroponic Equipment Metro Microgreens $2,654 $2,654
Aquaponic Farming System Bella Vita Farm $3000 $4000
Malt House Equipment Montgomery Malt Co. $3,000 $3,000
Composting Equipment The Compost Crew $3,000 $3,000
Farm Mechanization Equipment The Farm at Our House $2,672 $2,672
  Kharis Lavender Fields $2,644 $2,644