New specialty crop grant program aims to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan's specialty crops; deadline is March 26
MKG agricultural clients whose products include specialty crops should be aware of new grant offerings from The Micigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) intended to help enhance the competitiveness of Michigan's specialty crops. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program is being made available through the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Ag Marketing Services.
The grants range from $10,000 to $100,000, and ae available to for-profit companies as well as government entities and not-for-profit organizations. The grant funding is contingent on the availability of funds from USDA and Michigan's allocation has yet to be determined.
In a press release issued February 3 by the MDARD, Director Jamie Clover Adams said: "This grant program provides a unique opportunity for our state's specialty crop producers to enhance their profitability by expanding their domestic and international markets. Specialty crops play a vital role in the diversity of our agricultural economy and these federal grants help provide additional consumer access to Michigan specialty crops. These funds also help improve the quality and availability of these products so our specialty crop industry remains competitive while growing Michigan's economy."
You'll need toact fast to be considered for a grant; grant proposals, which must demonstrate how a specific project will potentially prde measurable impact for the Michigan specialty crop industry, need to be received by 3 p.m. on March 26th. Additional information, an application form and submission criteria are available at www.michigan.gov/mdard or by contacting Nancy Nyquist at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-284-5735. If you need assistance in completing the grant proposal, a business advisor from MKG is available to help.