Grants & Funding Opportunities

  • Michigan Department of Agriculture administers various grants, including the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant and state funded Value-Added Grant and Rural Development Fund Grant.  The purpose of the grants is to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, promote expansion of value-added agriculture production within the state and support infrastructure in rural communities.

    For more information about MDARD funding opportunities, contact Heather Throne, Outreach Specialist, Agriculture Development Division, 517-712-0841.


Additional resources regarding MDARD's grant programs and additional funding opportunities.
The Food Safety Education grant program provides training and education to consumers on food safety; and training and education to food service establishment employees and agents of the director who enforce Michigan's food regulations.
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development provides grant opportunities to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities.
The MDARD Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops, which include fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture).
The Strategic Growth Initiative (SGI) increases the economic impact of the Food and Agriculture Industry in Michigan.
This grant provides funding to establish, retain, expand, attract or develop value added agricultural processing in Michigan, or that expands or develops regional food systems or access the healthy food.