MDA Receives Grant Funding for Mental Health Support

WASHINGTON D.C. (NMB) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced an investment of nearly $25 million for 50 grants supporting Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) State Department of Agriculture (SDA) projects.

The Montana Department of Agriculture secured $500,000 to connect individuals engaged in agriculture with Montana-specific resources to alleviate stress and improve mental health.

According to the grant application, the funds will be used to implement a counseling voucher program to address the challenge of limited access to mental healthcare services.

They have also proposed the creation a mini-grant program that will “allow agricultural groups and organizations to apply for grant funding to bring mental health specific programming to their members and communities. The grants will be capped at $10,000 and can be used for speaker fees, travel and other costs associated with mental health programming.”

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