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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 and Rural Development

Contact: Jennifer Holton, holtonj@michigan.gov

MI Department of Agriculture & Rural Development 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 Thursday, October 31, 2013. An electronic copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), including grant criteria, is available on the department’s website at www.michigan.gov/mdard.

The Food Safety Education Fund was established under the Michigan Food Law of 2000, as amended, Sec. 4117, and is funded through assessments of $3.00 to $5.00 from each Michigan food establishment license. Up to $230,000 is available in the fund for the 2014 food safety education and training grant cycle.

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 with sub-grantees will be considered.

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
  • Includes measurable outcomes
  • Provides opportunities to build upon previously funded projects
  • Provides opportunities to work with key partners directly involved in the grant project
  • Includes opportunities to leverage funds or match funds

The applications will be evaluated, scored, and ranked by a Joint Evaluation Committee (JEC) in November 2013 to recommend which projects will be funded. The JEC will be composed of MDARD, local public health, and industry representatives. Grants will be awarded for projects that run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.

Grant proposals may be submitted electronically or via traditional mail (please allow ample time for delivery) to:
Michael 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 Michael Fuhrman at 517-243-8896 or visit www.michigan.gov/mdard.