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Value Added and Regional Food Systems Grant

Grants to Michigan Vendors to Develop Agricultural
Processing and Increase Food Access

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)

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Deadline Date:

03/18/21 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to Michigan vendors to enhance food production statewide. Funding is intended to support projects and programs that develop and maintain agricultural processing, expand regional food systems, and increase accessibility of nutritious food, including farm markets, urban agriculture and hoop houses.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a grant opportunity to promote the expansion of value-added agriculture production, processing, and healthy food access within the state to enhance Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

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
    • Outreach and training 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151120

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded a maximum amount of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

There is an 18-month grant cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be registered as a vendor in the Vendor Self Serv system with the State of Michigan prior to submitting an application. Registration can be completed at:

All Grantees must be registered and in good standing with the LARA Corporations Division, register at Corporations Division - Login Page

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
- Equipment installed outside of the State of Michigan
- Travel costs

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar will be held on February 4, 2021, from 10-11 a.m. via Microsoft Teams.

Join the webinar at the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Request for Proposals: January 28, 2021
- Proposals Due: March 18, 2021 by 3 p.m. (EST)
- JEC Received Proposals for Scoring: April 2021
- JEC Meeting: May 2021
- Announce Award Funding: June 2021

Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match.

This grant is a cost-reimbursement program.

Only one proposal per applicant will be considered. Your organization may be a partner on more than one application.

If you have received a MDARD Value Added & Regional Food Systems Grant in the last two years, you are not eligible for this grant round.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

All communications and inquiries concerning this RFP should be sent to the above email address.

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

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