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Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced a new competitive grant program to promote and enhance Michigan’s $91.4 billion food and agriculture industry.


Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1085

 

MDARD Announces New Value Added/Regional Food System Grant Opportunity


Today, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced a new competitive grant program to promote and enhance Michigan’s $91.4 billion food and agriculture industry. The Value Added/Regional Food Systems Grant Program will accept proposals through July 31, 2012.

In the MDARD fiscal year 2013 budget, signed by Governor Snyder on Tuesday, $1.95 million was appropriated for Rural Development Value Added Grants.

MDARD will host a webinar on July 12, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. to assist potential applicants in developing proposals and answer questions. Eligible applicants include agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, business entities, economic development organizations, and regional farmers market authorities.

MDARD will accept proposals intended to establish, retain, expand, attract and/or develop value added agricultural processing and/or develop regional food systems by enhancing or facilitating aggregation and distribution of Michigan grown agricultural products.

Those interested in participating in the webinar and any additional communications concerning this Request for Proposal should be sent to mda-grants@michigan.gov. Proposals must be received at the email above by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31. For the grant specifics and application visit www.michigan.gov/mdagrants.