MDARD Announces Value-Added Grant Opportunity

Proposals due by 3:00 p.m., April 2, 2020

For immediate release: February 20, 2020
Media contact: Jessy Sielski, 517-284-5725
Program contact: Heather Throne, 517-712-0841

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now accepting applications for its latest round of value-added grants. The Value-Added Grant Program is designed to help retain, expand, attract or develop agricultural processing in Michigan through targeted investments in technology and equipment, feasibility studies, healthy food access, regional food systems, and urban agriculture. Grant proposals must be received by 3:00 p.m. (EST) on April 2, 2020.

The maximum grant award eligible is $125,000 per proposal. Each project will require a minimum 30 percent match. The value-added proposals will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project will impact and produce measurable outcomes for Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

MDARD is accepting proposals intended to help expand value-added agricultural processing and food hub development in the state, as well as access to fresh nutritional Michigan grown foods. Those interested in applying should visit to view the application and grant guidelines.

Any additional communications concerning this Request for Proposal should be sent to Additionally, proposals must be received via email at no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on April 2, 2020. Proposals received after 3:00 p.m. will not be considered.

For more information about MDARD’s grant programs, visit


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