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Grant Opportunity from MDARD

Another grant opportunity is available. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and 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. MDARD will accept proposals that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract, and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or expand access to healthy food, including farm markets, urban agriculture, and hoop houses.

For more information on how Fishbeck can help you apply for this funding, please contact Danielle Yoon. More information regarding the Value-Added Grant Program is available at MDARD's Website.

Funding Details

· Maximum Grant: $125,000

· 30% cash match is required


· Release RFP – February 20, 2020

· Proposals Due – April 2, 2020

· JEC Received Proposals for Scoring – April 2020

· JEC Meeting – May 2020

· Announce Award for Funding – June 2020

· Project must not start before July 2020

· Project must end no later than January 2022

Eligible Activities

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

o Innovation and equipment

o Technical assistance, including feasibility studies that lead to jobs/investment

o Outreach and training

Ineligible Activities

· Land acquisition

· Purchase of a building or facility

· Structural repair of building or facility

· Indirect costs

· Salaries, wages and benefits

· Travel costs


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