Applications are now being accepted for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants. Managed by DATCP, the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions. Keeping food dollars in Wisconsin communities supports local businesses, improves farm incomes, and creates jobs.
Requests must be between $5,000 and $50,000 and be received by noon March 26. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and a project description. Applications are available online https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx
A total of $300,000 is available in grant funding through the program; the maximum award for each project is $50,000, and grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget. Generally, qualified applicants include individuals, groups or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism operations. Proposals can include individual projects, collaborations or partnerships.