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MDARD Announces Value-Added Grant Opportunity

Proposals due by 3 p.m., April 4, 2023

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) 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 4, 2023.

The maximum grant award eligible is $100,000 per proposal. Each project will require a minimum 30 percent match. The value-added proposals will be evaluated through a competitive selection process. Applications for grant funds will be asked to outline how the project will impact and produce measurable outcomes for Michigan’s food and agriculture industry.

The department will be hosting an informational webinar on February 9, 2023, from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. via Zoom virtual platform. There is no need to register. Visit for the webinar details.

MDARD is accepting proposals to help expand value-added agricultural processing and food hub development in the state and 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 Proposals should be sent to Additionally, proposals must be received via email at no later than 3:00 p.m. (EST) on April 4, 2023.  Proposals received after 3:00 p.m. will not be considered.

For more information about MDARD’s grant programs, visit


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