Monday, March 29, 2010

Apply now for product development and promotion funding

Apply now!

Product development and promotion funding
available for Pure Catskills members

Applications due April 15th

Visit the Scholarships & Grants section of for application materials

Farm and food businesses focused on the development and promotion of local products are encouraged to apply for funding through the Pure Catskills Sustainable Agriculture Development Grant Program. This program is sponsored by the Watershed Agricultural Council and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection in order to advance the WAC's mission to support the economic viability of agriculture and forestry through the protection of water quality and the promotion of land conservation in the New York City Watershed region.

Funding will be awarded in three categories:

1. Product development: purchase and installation of equipment and supplies for activities related to adding value to a local farm or food product.
2. Marketing: promotional expenses related to sales of local farm and food products.
3. Outreach and education: public events and activities that educate the regional community about local farm and food products.

Eligibility requires a current membership in the Pure Catskills buy local campaign. Pure Catskills members include farms, retailers, farmers' markets, restaurants and food-related organizations that support the local food system within Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties. Up to $5,000 is available to each applicant with a 25% match required. Projects and events of diverse scale and scope will be considered; large production volume or event attendance will not make individual applications more apt to receive funding.

Request for Proposals are available through the Pure Catskills website, Applicants are strongly encouraged to access application materials online. Grant proposals must be received by April 15, 2010. For more information, contact Challey Comer at or (607) 865-7090.

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