Deadline looming for specialty crop grants
Specialty crop growers have until Monday, Nov. 29 to apply for a Specialty Crop Block grant from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
The state plans to award more than $783,000 in grant funding over the next three years in an effort to expand the availability of fresh, locally grown produce, as well as strengthen Illinois’ specialty crop industry, and support organizations that assist farm workers and food businesses.
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local and government entities, trade and commodity associations and public and private colleges and universities. Illinois is encouraging applications that benefit small farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and under served communities.
Projects that benefit a particular commercial product or provide a profit to a single organization, institution, or individual are ineligible.
Farmer’s markets, roadside stands and community-sponsored agriculture programs should consider submitting proposals to the USDA’s Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion Program. You can learn more about that program by clicking here