Farmers, groups and businesses involved in Wisconsin’s food industry who are interested in growing their local markets are encouraged to apply for grants available through the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grant program. Managed by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the grants can help farms and businesses more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets.
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.
Proposals must be received at DATCP by March 9. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and three-page project description. Necessary documents are available online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx.
Recipients will be announced in May.
Anyone with questions about the application process can contact DATCP’s Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or Kietra.Olson@Wisconsin.gov.