Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

About the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Program

Note: The BLBW grant application period is now open. Applications are being accepted through noon, Sept. 14, 2018.

Application materials are posted below.

Request for Proposals Outline

Detailed Budget and Budget Summary

BLBW Grant Cover Sheet

Launched in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by working to reduce the marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin’s food products to local purchasers.

Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (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.

A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding each year 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.

Since its inception, the program has funded 58 projects, totaling more than $1.6 million. Previous grant recipients have generated nearly $10 million in new local food sales, created and retained 211 jobs, and benefitted more than 2,700 producers and 2,900 markets.

2018 Grant Impact Report –  Program overview and information about 2018 grant recipients.

Buy Local Buy Wisconsin map

BLBW map –  Map includes descriptions of past BLBW grant recipients.

C​ontact

Kietra Olson
Program Manager
(608) 224-5112
Email: kietra.olson@wisconsin.gov

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