The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking proposals for food safety education and training as part of the Food Safety Education Fund grant program. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. An electronic copy of the “Request for Proposals,” including grant criteria, is available online at https://www.michigan.gov/mdard.
The Food Safety Education Fund was established under the Michigan Food Law of 2000, as amended, Sec. 4117, and is funded through assessments of $3.00 or $5.00 from each Michigan food establishment license. The fiscal year 2019 budget will direct that up to $225,000 be used for food safety education funds grants.
The grants are competitive and designed to provide training and education to consumers on food safety, as well as to food service establishment employees and agents of the director who enforce Michigan’s food regulations. Those eligible to receive grants include Michigan governmental entities and non-profit organizations. Producers, marketers and growers do not meet this standard. Proposals with sub-grantees will be considered.
Proposals will be evaluated and scored based on the following criteria:
- Provides consumer food safety education or provides food safety training and education to food service establishment employees or regulators who enforce the food law
- Meets a broad statewide need
- Improves food safety or food safety education
- Includes measurable outcomes
- Provides opportunities to build upon previously funded projects
- Provides opportunities to work with key partners directly involved in the grant project
- Includes opportunities to leverage funds or match funds
An advisory committee will convene in November 2018 to review, score and rank proposals and make funding recommendations to MDARD. Grants will be awarded for projects that run from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Multi-year proposals will be considered on an individual basis, contingent on future year funding.
Electronic proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on November 14, 2018, to MDA-FoodDairyInfo@michigan.gov. Hard copy submissions must be postmarked no later than November 12, 2018. Please allow ample time for delivery to:
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
Food and Dairy Division
P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, Michigan 48909
For more information, contact Amber Matulis, Food Safety Modernization Unit Manager, at 517-930-8048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.