About the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant Program
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 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
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.