Michigan Department of Agriculture-Ag Marketing Service (USDA-AMS)
02/25/21 3:00 PM EST Receipt
Grants to Michigan nonprofit organizations, for-profits, government agencies, and tribes to improve the market potential of eligible crops produced within the State. Funding is intended to support projects focusing on areas such as promotion and marketing, education and training, and research and development. Eligible plants are specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture) which are used for food, medicinal purposes, and/or aesthetic gratification.
The MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops.
The funds can be used for projects involved in promotion, marketing, research, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health programs, education, increased child and adult nutrition knowledge and consumption, increased innovation, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, environmental concerns and conservation, product development, good agricultural practices, good handling practices, and good manufacturing practices.
Processed products shall consist of greater than 50% of the specialty crop by weight, exclusive of added water.
For examples of acceptable projects, see https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/2021_Specialty_Crop_Block_Grant_Overview_712310_7.pdf#page=2.
For eligible costs and activities, see the Allowable and Unallowable Costs pdf listed in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 136305
The maximum award amount is $100,000 for research proposals and $125,000 for marketing, training, and education proposals per proposal. Only proposals submitted in whole dollar amounts will be considered.
Grant period will be approximately October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2023.
Projects must be completed within two years after project is given its initiation date. The MDARD must be notified at least 60 days prior to the end date of the project if for any reason the project cannot be completed within the two-year period established in the grant agreement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit completed applications to:
For questions, please contact the email address indicated above or:
Heather Throne, Grant Administrator
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909
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