$320K being given out to help the agriculture community in Delaware

DELAWARE – The Delaware Department of Agriculture is looking to give out $320,000 in grant funding.

We are told the department gets money each year from the USDA through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

This money will help to fund projects supporting specialty crops and creating better markets for these crops in Delaware.

Agricultural producers, non-profits organizations, educational institutions in Delaware, or with a business or academic affiliation based in the state can apply.

We are told when people are applying the Department is looking for how people will use the money to enhance food safety, develop local food systems, and market specialty crops.

Also, we are told this money can be used to address the issue of food distribution.

“One of the things that we have found that we were facing was especially in the schools was shortages of getting chicken, getting fruits, getting vegetables you know because the whole disruption of the distribution system,” Ese Jessa, Marketing Specialist for DDA, said.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture says they will be accepting applications through March 25 by 4:30 p.m.

The grant evaluation team will review submissions, with selected projects included in the Delaware State Plan for USDA’s review and final approval.

To apply, you can click here.

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