Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin producer grant applications open

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Applications are now open for the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin producer and processor grants.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is encouraging Wisconsin farmers and businesses to apply for the grant, designed to help them grow their presence in local markets. DATCP will award a total of $300,000 in funding.

Requests must be between $5,000 and $50,000 and be received by noon March 26. Each proposal must include a cover page, a completed budget template and a project description. Applications are available online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/BuyLocalBuyWisconsinGrants.aspx.

Grant applications must show a one-to-one match of cash or in-kind support accounting for at least 50 percent of the total project budget. Grants may not be used to fund feasibility studies or startups. Grants will be awarded following a competitive review process. Recipients will be notified of their awards on June 1, 2021.

Qualified applicants include individuals, groups, or businesses involved in Wisconsin production agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments, or agricultural tourism operations. Proposals may include collaborations or partnerships.

Applicants with questions can contact DATCP Grants Specialist Ryan Dunn at  or (608) 590-7239.