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The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking grant proposals for food safety education and training as part of the Food Safety Education Fund grant program.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

Contact: Jennifer Holton at 517-241-2485

MDARD Seeks Food Safety Education and Training Grant Proposals


The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking grant proposals for food safety education and training as part of the Food Safety Education Fund grant program. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012.

The Food Safety Education Fund was established under the Michigan Food Law of 2000, Sec. 4117, and is funded through assessments of $3.00 to $5.00 from each Michigan food establishment license. Currently, $225,000 is available from the fund for competitive food safety education and training grants.

Grants from the Food Safety Education Fund are competitive and designed to provide training and education to consumers on food safety; and training and education to food service establishment employees and agents of the director who enforce Michigan’s food regulations. Entities eligible to receive grants include Michigan governmental and non-profit organizations and entities.

Proposals will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:

  • Provides consumer food safety education or provides food safety training and education to food service establishment employees or regulators who enforce the food law
  • Meets a broad statewide need
  • Improves food safety or food safety education
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Opportunities to build upon previously funded projects
  • Opportunities to work with key partners directly involved in the grant project
  • Opportunities to leverage funds or match funds
  • Proposals with sub-grantees will be considered

The applications will be evaluated, scored, and ranked by a Joint Evaluation Committee (JEC) in November 2012 to recommend which projects will be funded. Grants will be awarded for projects that run from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. Grant proposals may be submitted electronically or via traditional mail (please allow ample time for delivery) to:

Mike Fuhrman, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Food and Dairy Division, P.O. Box 30017 Lansing, Michigan 48909, Fax: (517) 373-3333, Email: fuhrmanm@michigan.gov

Electronic submissions are encouraged. If submitting a hard copy of your proposal, please allow additional time for mailing. For more information, contact the MDARD Food and Dairy Division at 800-292-3939 or visit www.michigan.gov/mdard.