Grants & Funding Opportunities

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The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development administers various grants, including the federal Specialty Crop Block Grant and the state-funded Value-Added Grant and Rural Development Fund Grants. 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.


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Value Added & Regional Food Systems Grants

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.

Rural Development Fund Grants

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development provides grant opportunities to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities.

Specialty Crop Block Grants

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).

Food Safety Education Fund Grants

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.

Food and Agriculture Investment Program

The Food and Agriculture Investment Program provides financial support for food and agriculture projects that help expand food and agriculture processing to enable growth in the industry and Michigan’s economy

Strategic Growth Initiative Grants

The Strategic Growth Initiative (SGI) increases the economic impact of the Food and Agriculture Industry in Michigan.

Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT Award

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Restaurant Association, and Michigan Ag Council recognize Michigan restaurants sourcing Michigan made agriculture products and food products.