TIE Awards

TIE Award Applications are OPEN!

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, March 15th. Reach out to smurray@semaponline.org or (774) 400-7277 with any questions.

SEMAP is pleased to offer the TIE (Tools, Innovation, and Equipment) Award Program: a micro-award program for farmers in Southeastern Massachusetts.

This program encourages local farmers to trial new equipment, implement farm systems they haven’t tried before, and solve problems faced on their farm. Awards range from $500 to $3,000. Traditionally, this program has funded only innovative and novel projects, intending to lower the barrier to on-farm innovation. Because of the intense challenges of recent years, we have modified the program and expanded our goals for 2024. While innovative projects will get a boost in the review process, tools and equipment with proven impact will also be considered.

2018: Winnow Wizard seed cleaner at Ivory Silo Farm in Westport

2018: Low tunnel crop trials at Skinny Dip Farm in Little Compton

2022: Bike-powered compost sifter at Holly Hill Farm in Cohasset

With TIE Award funding, SEMAP aims to enable our local farms to create solutions locally, and share the solutions with the region’s farming community to increase local knowledge, capacity, and resilience. Reporting requirements for successful applicants include sharing findings with fellow farmers, so as to increase our collective agricultural knowledge.

View complete details of this program, including project examples and eligibility guidelines, HERE. Please direct any questions to smurray@semaponline.org or (774) 400-7277. Answers to common questions are in this FAQ document, which we’ll update regularly.

Applications are due by March 15, 2024! It should take around 20 minutes to complete. HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Complete this online application (also found below) OR
  2. Complete this paper application and submit by mail

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