Wisconsin Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​On May 3, 2023 the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $420 million Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program to fund innovative projects designed to invest in processing and distribution capacity to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain and strengthen local and regional food systems. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will award $27 million in competitive grant funding. Successful projects will expand capacity and infrastructure for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products, including specialty crops, dairy, grains for human consumption, aquaculture, and other value-added food products.​

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2023-2024 ​Grant Resources​

The Wisconsin RFSI Program has two tracks to which an applicant can apply, the Infrastructure Grant track and Equipment-Only Grant track. Applicants may only apply for one track. Each track has its own Request for Proposals (RFP) document along with two templates for downloading, one from USDA and one from DATCP. Please be sure that the correct templates are being used for the specific grant when submitting an application. Full proposals for both tracks are due by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6, 2024.

RFSI grant projects must expand middle-of-the food supply chain capacity for locally- and regionally-produced foods and offer more and better market opportunities to small- and mid-sized agricultural producers, including those who may not have access to value-added opportunities or processing to meet market demand for premium or value-added products, such as underserved producers.

Application Guidance document​

RFSI Budget Calculator Instructions and RFSI Budget Calculator

2023-24 RFSI Grant FAQ​

2023-24 RFSI Grant Match Verification Letter Template (downloads Microsoft Word doc)

2023-24 RFSI Grant Critical Resources And Infrastructure Letter Template (downloads Microsoft Word doc)​

U.S. Small Business Administration NAICS Codes​

U.​S. Small Business Administration​ Size Standards Tool​

System for Award Management U​nique Entity ID Registration

Infrastructure Grant

2023-24 RFSI Infrastructure Grant RFP​

2023-24 RFSI Infrastructure Grant Template 1 ​​​(Note: The Template 1 form will not load in some web browsers. To access: 1) After clicking the link above, the file will automatically download 2) locate the file on your computer and right click (do not double click) on the file name and find the ‘open with’ option, 3) choose a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat and left click – the file should now open.)

Note: For help with downloading the Template 1 form above, review this video​.

2023-24 RFSI Infrastructure Grant Template 2 (downloads Microsoft Word doc)​

Equipment-Only Grant

​2023-24 RFSI Equipment-Only Grant RFP​​

2023-24 RFSI Equipment-Only Grant Template 1​​​ (Note: The Template 1 form will not load in some web browsers. To access: 1) After clicking the link above, the file will automatically download 2) locate the file on your computer and right click (do not double click) on the file name and find the ‘open with’ option, 3) choose a PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat and left click – the file should now open.)

Note: For help with downloading the Template 1 form above, review this video​.​​

2023-24 RFSI Equipment-Only Grant Template 2​ (downloads Microsoft Word doc)​

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar about the current grant application period (open through March 6, 2024) was held on Tuesday, January 9, 2024. In case you missed it, the full recording is available online.

Informational Webinar Question and Answer Document

Office Hours

DATCP will host open office hour sessions to answer specific RFSI grant questions on these dates: 

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 1 p.m.

​Register via Zoom​

Listening Session

On July 11, 2023, DATCP held a Wisconsin RFSI Program Listening Session. Access the recording​.

Collaboration Resource

To facilitate communication through the Wisconsin RFSI Program, DATCP has published a Wisconsin RFSI Program​ Collaboration Resource​. The people included on this list requested to be added to begin networking, collaborating, and connecting. Please utilize this resource as you consider applying for this funding opportunity in the future. ​​