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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced a call for proposals for the Strategic Growth Initiative grants. All abstract proposals must be received by MDARD by October 15, 2014.

 

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Heather Throne, hroneh@michigan.gov

 

Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program to Boost Michigan's Growing Food and Agriculture Industry


Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams announced a call for proposals for the Strategic Growth Initiative grants.  All abstract proposals must be received by MDARD by October 15, 2014.

“The Strategic Growth Initiative Grant Program provides an opportunity to grow Michigan’s food and agriculture industry by leveraging business development across the state,” said Clover Adams. “With increased business investment, we are fostering opportunities for job growth in high tech and innovative careers within Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.”

This initiative will help focus on economic opportunities for Michigan’s food processors, agri-business, and those in agricultural production by fostering business development, talent, and growth.  Additionally, MDARD will coordinate and cooperate with universities and research organizations to bring the latest technology and information to improve Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

The Strategic Growth Initiative proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process. Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project potentially impacts and produces measurable outcomes for the food and agriculture industry and/or the public rather than a single organization, institution, or individual.

MDARD has updated the process for this cost-reimbursement grant program by implementing a required abstract and if projects are favorably reviewed, applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal in January 2015 and make a 10 minute presentation about their project at the Review Committee meeting in February 2015.  An additional request for abstracts by MDARD will be announced in February 2015.

A program overview and abstract form are available on MDARD’s website at www.michigan.gov/mdagrants. Abstracts must be received by 3 p.m. EST Wednesday, October 15, 2014 to be considered for this round of funding.