Farmers, owners of food-related businesses or those aspiring to enter the industry are eligible to apply for grants from the Food System Economic Partnership (FSEP). Applicants must produce food as a living (not as a hobby) for local markets in Southeast Michigan and established food co-ops may apply as a group. Grant amounts will range between $500 to $2,000. The deadline for applications is July 13, 2009. Funding for these grants is made possible from the Michigan Regional Skills Alliance (MiRSA) of Michigan's Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth (DELEG) and will be distributed by FSEP. FSEP is a nonprofit organization that exists to catalyze change in the food system of Southeastern Michigan. The grant brochure containing the application form and instructions can be found at: http://fsepmichigan.org/news/Grant_Opportunity Questions? Please call Jennifer Fike, FSEP Executive Director at (734) 222-6859.
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