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Agriculture Secretary Seeks Proposals for $300,000 in Matching Grants to Boost Sales, Exports

02/03/2021

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding called for proposals from nonprofit marketing and promotion organizations for projects aimed at increasing sales, exports or consumer awareness of Pennsylvania agricultural products. The department will award $300,000 in matching funds to reimburse up to half of costs for projects with priority given to those that increase food security in Pennsylvania or boost COVID-19 recovery.

“Pennsylvania produces the finest agricultural products in the world,” said Sec. Redding. “Despite tremendous challenges brought on by COVID-19, our producers have kept food on our tables and in stores throughout the pandemic. Our goal for these competitive grants is to spur innovative ideas to promote PA agriculture at home and around the world.”

The department will give special consideration to project that leverage other funding and public-private partnerships. Projects that increase access to nutritious food access or address food waste will also be prioritized. Eligible projects may include regional or national promotion.

Projects must have started on or after July 1, 2020 and must be completed on or before June 30, 2021.

The minimum matching grant is $1,000. Applications will be selected in a competitive process.

Qualified nonprofits may apply for grants through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development online application system. The application period closes on Friday, February 19, 2021.

Full grant guidelines can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

For more information on grants and initiatives to protect and grow Pennsylvania agriculture, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Shannon Powers - 717.603.2056, shpowers@pa.gov

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