PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state Department of Environmental Management says $150,000 in federal grants is available for projects promoting specialty crops in Rhode Island.
The money is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Under the program, specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts and nursery crops.
Awards will range from $10,000 to $50,000. Funding will be provided in two stages, with half given initially and the rest when the project is finished. The grants can be used for projects lasting up to two years, and no direct match is required.
DEM says the money can be used for everything from research and marketing to product development and "buy local" initiatives, among other initiatives.
The deadline is March 31.