Value-Add / Regional Food Systems Grants

Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

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Grant amount: Up to US $150,000

Anticipated deadline: May 8, 2020

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Michigan

Location of residency: Michigan

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Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development Value-Added Grant Program

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is offering a grant opportunity to promote the expansion of value-added agriculture production, processing, and access within the state in order to enhance Michigan’s food and agriculture industry. 

MDARD will accept Project Abstracts as part of a two-phase process, that are intended to establish, retain, expand, attract and/or develop value-added agricultural processing in Michigan; expand or develop regional food systems; or access to healthy food.

Funding Areas

Funding will be focused on the following types of projects:

  • Value-added food processing
    • Innovation and equipment
    • Technical assistance/feasibility studies that lead to jobs and investment
    • Outreach and training
  • Food hub development
  • Food access, including access to fresh/nutritional foods


  • Up to 10% Administrative Cost is allowed for each project, if the grantee is a nonprofit.
    • Administrative costs are the grantee’s allowable direct costs for the overall management of the grant.
  • This grant is a cost reimbursement program.
    • Grantees are responsible for costs until proper reports/invoices/receipts are received and reviewed.  
  • Grantees will be eligible for reimbursement up to three (3) times at specified dates, during the 18-month grant cycle, with the final reimbursement provided at the completion of the project.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only one proposal per applicant will be considered. Your organization may be a partner on more than one application.
  • Applicants must provide a minimum 30% match.
  • All applicants must be registered as a vendor in the Contracts and Payments system with the State of Michigan prior to submitting an application. 


  • Projects will be scored on a variety of factors, including, but not limited to:
    • A well-defined and focused project.
    • Overall impact of the project on the food and agriculture industry in the state of Michigan.
    • Measurable outcomes.
    • Capacity building/grower connection/increase in supply of locally available products.
    • Amount of product sourced and produced in Michigan.
    • The amount of match provided.
    • The long-term sustainability of the project.
    • The near-term and long-term impact, including jobs and investment in Michigan.


  • Grant funds cannot be used to pay for:
    • Land acquisition
    • Purchase of a building or facility
    • Structural repair of building or facility
    • Indirect costs are not allowed under this grant program.
      • Indirect costs are defined as the expenses of doing business that are not readily identified within the project, but are necessary for the general operation of the organization and the implementation proposal related activities.