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Value Added/Regional Food Systems Grant

Grants to Michigan Vendors to Expand
and Develop Agricultural Processing

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

Deadline Date:

04/02/20 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan vendors to enhance food production statewide. Funding is intended for projects and programs that establish, develop, attract, and maintain agricultural processing throughout the State. Eligible projects will encourage and improve agricultural production and processing, and will enhance access to healthy food, including farm markets, urban agriculture, and hoop houses.

Funding will be focused on the following types of projects:

  • Food hub development
  • Food access, including access to fresh/nutritional foods
  • Value-added food processing: Innovation and equipment; technical assistance, including feasibility studies that lead to jobs/investment; and outreach and training

Projects will be scored on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:

  • A well-defined and focused project
  • Overall impact of the project on the food and agriculture industry in the State of Michigan
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Capacity building/grower connection/increase in supply of locally available products
  • Amount of product sourced and produced in Michigan
  • The amount of match provided
  • The long-term sustainability of the project
  • The near-term and long-term impact, including jobs and investment in Michigan
  • The social impact benefits for the project including providing employment opportunities for low-income workers; providing greater healthy food access; or providing economic opportunity in a food desert.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151120

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded a maximum amount of $125,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be registered as a vendor in the Contracts and Payments system with the State of Michigan prior to submitting an application. Registration can be completed here:

Grant funds cannot be used to pay for:
- Land acquisition
- Purchase of a building or facility
- Structural repair of building or facility
- Indirect costs are not allowed under this grant program. Indirect costs are defined as the expenses of doing business that are not readily identified within the project, but are necessary for the general operation of the organization and the implementation proposal related activities.
- Salaries, wages and benefits
- Travel costs

Pre-Application Information:

Abstracts must be submitted via email by 3:00 PM EST on April 2, 2020.

Award funding will be announced in June 2020.

Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match. Cash match is required, and in-kind contributions will not be counted as part of the required match. Travel costs must be covered through the match funds.

This grant is a cost reimbursement program. Grantees are responsible for costs until proper reports/invoices/receipts are received and reviewed.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information about this funding opportunity, please contact Heather Throne, Grant and Commodity Program Manager, Agriculture Development Division, at or 517-712-0841.

Heather Throne, Grant Administrator
PO Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909

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