Author: Chesapeake Ag Innovation Center

Nikko Brady, CAIC Advisory Board Member and Deputy Principal Assistant of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, explains her Department’s interest in value-added producers and talks about characteristics of successful value-added producers with CAIC’s Muphen Whitney. ...

Rob Nicholson, Innovation Program Lead, Delaware Department of Technology and Information and Deputy Department Head, Navy Reserve Command Tenth Fleet Cyber Command, talks with CAIC’s Muphen Whitney about how aquaculture and agriculture value-added producers can use technology when building their businesses. ...

by Muphen R. Whitney   Growing up on her family farm in Southern Maryland ignited Shelby Watson-Hampton’s lifelong love of – and involvement in – all things agricultural. She brings this wealth of farming and agricultural experience to the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) where she...


Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
– Food Safety Classes
Value-added producers and companies with traction ($20,000 or more in yearly revenue) in Maryland and Delaware are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants. Participants may apply once for each of the categories. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a unique and differentiated product or service that incorporates an aspect of innovation or technology in its production, processing, distribution, or other element of the food supply system.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will be made and funds will be available no later than three weeks following the receipt of a completed application.
Application Process
Applicants must submit Mini-Grant proposals by filling out the form at this link. Copy(ies) of quote(s), proposal(s), estimate(s), or any other supporting documents.


CAIC offers access to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who can offer authoritative advice based on their deep knowledge and experience in a specific area. See the ADVISORS page of this Web site to learn more about the SMEs who are available to CAIC participants.