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Grants Available for Michigan's Specialty Groups

Agency: Agriculture and Rural Development

Proposals due to MDARD by 3 p.m. on April 6, 2017

For Immediate Release: February 7, 2017 Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725 Program contact: Heather Throne, 517-712-0841 

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture Agriculture Marketing Service. The grant funding is contingent on the availability of funds from USDA. 

The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, by submitting them to

The grants, with a maximum award of $100,000, enhance the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops, including but not limited to the following: promotion; marketing; research; nutrition; trade enhancement; food safety; food security; plant health programs; education; increased knowledge and consumption; increased innovation; improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems; environmental concerns and conservation; product development; good agricultural practices; good handling practices; and good manufacturing practices. Funding priority will be given to projects with a focus on Market Enhancement; Research; and Training and Education.  

Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations; local, state, and federal government entities; and for-profit organizations. The organizations must be legal entities recognized by the IRS, and applicants must reside and/or conduct their business or organization in Michigan. Applications should demonstrate how the project will potentially produce measurable impacts for the specialty crop industry as a whole, and exclusively benefit a specific product, single organization, institution, or individual.

For program information, application form, or submission criteria, visit



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