Grants available for specialty crops
The state Department of Environmental Management recently announced that $150,000 in funds from a farm viability grant is available to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Rhode Island. The funds were secured from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops, including floriculture and the production of turf grass.
Grant awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000 with no direct match required. Funding will be provided in two stages, with 50 percent of the money given up front and the remainder provided at the satisfactory completion of the project. The grants may be used for projects of up to two years in duration, and can cover research, promotion, marketing, nutrition, trade enhancement, food safety, food security, plant health, product development and education.
Deadline to apply is March 31.