Producer Grants available from Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program

Local farmers and food businesses involved in Wisconsin’s local food industry who are seeking to grow their markets are encouraged to apply for 2019 Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin’s Producer and Processor Grants.

Producers are able to use grant funds for hiring consultants to help with business planning, whole farm planning, marketing, branding and more. All proposed projects must be related to a local food or raw agricultural product and must demonstrate increased local food sales.

Proposals must be received by DATCP by noon, March 20, 2019. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and project description. Necessary documents are available online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx.

Grants will be awarded following a competitive review process. The target date for grant award notification is April 2019. A total of $170,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget. Grants may not be used to fund feasibility projects or startups. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.

Anyone with questions about the application process can contact BLBW program manager Kietra Olson at 608-224-5112 or Kietra.Olson@Wisconsin.gov