MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is accepting applications for the 2017 Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. Applications are due to DATCP by March 31, 2017.
Grants are awarded to projects intended to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education or market development. Qualified projects are those meant to benefit the industry as a whole as opposed to benefiting one individual, farm or company. DATCP will use a competitive review process to select the most qualified projects and will submit Wisconsin’s state plan to the USDA for approval and funding.
Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, nursery crops, herbs and more. Find a full list of eligible crops and more information about the program at www.ams.usda.gov/scbgp.
Non-profits, producer organizations, government agencies, universities and other agricultural organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications may involve collaborations or partnerships between entities.
Grant funds will be awarded for projects up to three years in duration. Typical projects are awarded between $10,000 and $100,000. In anticipation of receiving funding, project contracts and work would begin in the fall.
Eligible project expenses include compensation for personnel, consultant services, materials and supplies, and miscellaneous costs.
Optional grant-writing workshops scheduled
Optional grant-writing workshops have been scheduled for interested applicants. They will be held February 9 in Green Bay and February 15 in Madison. Additional workshops may be scheduled based on interest. To register or for more details, contact DATCP Grants Specialist Juli Speck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-224-5134.
Requests for Proposals information and application materials are online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/
— Wisconsin Department of Agriculture
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