Colorado agriculture makes grants available

180014404Through its new “Enrich Colorado Ag Grant Program,” the Colorado Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for funding.

Grant funds will help Colorado companies conduct research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado, according to a news release.

“The program is ideal for Colorado’s farmers, ranchers and food processors, providing funds to assist with feasibility studies and sales promotions,” said Tom Lipetzky, Markets Division Director, in the release.

“Our goal is to help Colorado’s food and agricultural suppliers position their business to take advantage of local, regional, national and international market opportunities.”

Maximum award per project is $17,000. Projects eligible for such funding include feasibility studies and technical projects; new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels; and marketing and sales promotion projects.

Applications are due by 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 28. Projects must include matching contributions of cash and in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget.

For applications, program guidelines and more information, contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture Markets Division at 303-239-4371 or visit www.coloradoagriculture.com.