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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Individuals, Organizations and
Businesses to Support Local Agriculture and Food Markets

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Deadline Date:

02/28/20 Noon (12:00p.m)

Description:

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Grants to Wisconsin individuals, businesses, groups, and organizations to support local agriculture and food markets. The purpose of this program is to enhance development through improved techniques for processing, production, distribution, and marketing, with the ultimate goal of expanding the state’s local food system.

The Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) program seeks to increase awareness and consumption of locally produced foods and related products and to increase the production and improve the distribution of foods and related products for local consumption. The Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Grant program is an economic development program designed to help the Wisconsin agricultural and food industry find ways to improve food production, processing, marketing, and distribution with the ultimate goal of expanding Wisconsin’s local food system. BLBW grant funds are administered by the Division of Agricultural Development at the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer protection (DATCP). Wis. Admin. ATCP §§ 161.40-161.46.

Projects must clearly demonstrate a need, show creativity, and benefit the local food system.

DATCP may award grants to individuals or organizations to fund projects that are designed to increase the sale Wisconsin agricultural or food products to local purchasers. This includes grants for projects to create, expand, diversify, or promote any of the following:

  • Local food marketing systems and market outlets.
  • Local food and cultural tourism routes.
  • Production, processing, marketing, and distribution of Wisconsin food products primarily for sale to local purchasers.

Eligible Expenses:

Including but are not limited to:

  • Salaries/wages and fringe benefits
  • Real estate and equipment rental or leasing
  • Consulting for whole farm planning, accounting, business planning, marketing, food safety, branding and web development
  • The purchase of equipment whose full value is $4,999.00 or less per item
  • Travel* via automobile (vehicle rental/mileage reimbursement)
  • Public information such as banners, yard signs, or brochures
  • Supplies (e.g coolers, totes, labels, printers, computers, software

* Travel expenses must follow state travel guidelines. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160454

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests must be between $5,000 and $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Project must be completed within 24 months after contract is signed by DATCP. A no-cost extension of up to one year is available upon request and is granted at the discretion of program manager.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Individual independent producers selling locally, individual independent processors using WI ingredients (that make up 51% of their product by weight, it must be demonstrated in the grant that they are purchasing WI product by listing their suppliers and their product used), groups of independent producers (e.g. 4 farms working together), and Farmer/Rancher Cooperatives, Grower Associations, schools and institutions, food service operations, and nonprofits. Producers and processors will receive extra consideration.

Proposals may involve collaborations or partnerships between producers, food businesses, industry, academia or organizations and schools and institutions, food service operations. Applicants may cooperate with any public or private organization. Applicants MUST supply proof of operation for at least 2 years (e.g. 24 months of sales figures).

Each applicant must designate an individual who has authority to sign a contract with DATCP on its behalf. Each applicant must also indicate an individual who will be the lead person responsible for implementing the project. Each applicant, including co-applicants, must demonstrate a proven ability to carry out all elements of the proposed project. Preference will be given to projects whose lead person or entity has a proven track record of grant management and/or a long-standing track record of strong fiscal experience and capability. Employees of DATCP and family members (i.e., mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, and children) are not eligible to receive a grant or participate as a project collaborator.

Eligibility Requirements:
- Primary beneficiaries are Wisconsin agriculture products based businesses (including farms, value-added food businesses, processors, growers associations, famer/rancher coops, schools and institutions, food service operations, and non-profit organizations).
- Private farms or agribusinesses applying for funds must be selling at least 51% of their agricultural products locally (see definition of local at end of guide). Value-added food businesses, or processors must be purchasing, or growing at least 51% of their product (by weight) ingredients locally.
- If you have received funding from the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant program within the last four years, you are not eligible to apply.
- If you currently have any grant with DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development you are not eligible to apply (this includes Specialty Crop Block Grants and Dairy Processor Grants).

Grants may not be used to fund feasibility projects or startups.

For a list of Ineligible Expenses please see: https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/BLBW_FY20_RFP.pdf#page=5

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received by Noon (12:00p.m) on Friday, February 28 th 2020.

The target date for grant award notification is June 1, 2020.

Budget must show at least a 1-to-1 match. (For every dollar of BLBW funds requested, applicant must spend at least one dollar cash or in-kind funds on the project.)

Anyone with questions about the application process can contact DATCP Grants Specialist Juli Speck.

Contact Information:

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

Proposals must be submitted to Juli Speck at juli.speck@wisconsin.gov

Juli Speck
DATCP Grants Specialist
608-224-5134

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
2811 Agriculture Dr.
P.O. Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911

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