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MI Dept. of Agriculture & Rural Development Seeks Proposals for Food Safety Education and Training Grants

Proposals due no later than 5 p.m. on October 16, 2020

For immediate release: September 9, 2020

Program contact: Lori Yelton, 517-420-3249                      
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking proposals for food safety education and training as part of the annual Food Safety Education Fund grant program. The grant cycle for 2021 will be a nine-month cycle, from January 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

The Food Safety Education Fund was established under the Michigan Food Law of 2000, as amended, Sec. 4117, and is funded through assessments of $3.00 to $5.00 from each Michigan food establishment license. Up to $344,000 is available during the 2021 grant cycle for projects focused on food safety training and education. Of the $344,000, $247,000 will be available for consumer food safety education and $97,000 for education to food service establishment employees and agents of the director of MDARD. An electronic copy of the Request for Proposals (RFP), including grant criteria, is available on the department's website or go to

Grants from the Food Safety Education Fund are competitive and designed to provide food safety training and education to consumers, food service establishment employees and agents of the director who enforce the Michigan Food Law of 2000. Entities eligible to receive grants include Michigan governmental and non-profit organizations and entities. Producers, marketers, and growers are not eligible for this grant opportunity. Proposals with sub-grantees will be considered. Proposals should not include funding for required routine training such as HACCP and Manager Certification.

Proposals will be scored and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Goals/objectives to improve food safety

  • Statewide need and audience

  • Measurable outcomes

  • Partnering with other organizations

  • Matching funds

  • Opportunities to build upon previously funded projects

Electronic submission of grant proposals is encouraged and should be sent to: Electronic submissions are due no later than 5 p.m. on October 16, 2020 and will be confirmed via email receipt. If you have not received a confirmation email within five business days of submission, please email

Hard copy submissions must be postmarked no later than October 14, 2020 (please allow ample time for delivery). Hard copies should be mailed to:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Food and Dairy Division
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909

An advisory committee will convene in November 2020 to review, score and rank proposals and make funding recommendations to MDARD. Grant awards will be announced in December 2020. Grants will be awarded for projects that run from January 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021. Multi-year proposals will be considered on an individual basis, contingent on future year funding.

For more information, contact Lori Yelton, MDARD's Food Management-Nutrition Consultant, at or by calling 517-420-3249.