The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will be hosting webinars on how to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) and Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants (BLBW). Both webinars will be recorded and posted to the DATCP website the day following the webinar. For more information, contact DATCP Organic Specialist Andrew Bernhardt at [email protected] or (608) 572-0512.
SCBG projects aim to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop industries through research, education, and market development. Projects can receive grant funds for up to three years in duration. Typical projects receive between $10,000 and $100,000. Applications are due on March 24, 2022. Grant information and application materials are available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/SpecialtyCropBlockGrants.aspx.
DATCP will use a competitive review process to select the most qualified projects. Selected projects will be included in Wisconsin’s state plan, which is submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for approval and funding.
BLBW is a competitive grant program designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s agriculture and food industries by helping farms and businesses more efficiently process, market, and distribute locally grown food products. BLBW grants provide consumers with access to more Wisconsin-grown food products, including organic vegetables, hops varieties, hazelnut products, locally grown grain, and other value-added products. Projects can receive grant funds for up to three years in duration. Grant requests must be between $5,000 and $50,000. Applications are due April 2, 2022. Grant information and application materials are available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx.
DATCP will use a competitive review process to select the most qualified projects. Selected project contracts and work would begin in June 2022.