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Release Date: March 10, 2017
Media Contacts: Rick Hummell, 608-224-5041 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Bill Cosh,
Communications Director, 608-224-5020 William2.Cosh@wi.gov
MADISON – Since its
inception in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program has generated
more than $8.4 million in new local food sales. Farmers and others in
Wisconsin’s food industry who want to grow their local markets are encouraged
to apply in the 2017 round of grants. 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.
“Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a healthy diet, a
variety of farms and agribusinesses makes for a healthy economy,” said BLBW
program manager Kietra Olson. “We encourage growers, processors and
distributors of diverse products to apply, and we look forward to funding some
Proposals must be received at DATCP by 4 p.m. April 14, 2017.
Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and
three-page project description. The necessary documents can be found online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx. Recipients will be announced in May, 2017.
A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum
award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or
in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget.
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 could include collaborations or partnerships.
Since 2008, DATCP has awarded 44 BLBW grants for a total of
$1,225,400. The program has resulted in nearly 200 jobs retained or created and
has benefited more than 2,600 producers.
If you have questions about the application process, contact
DATCP’s Buy Local Buy Wisconsin program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or