The Nebraska Grape and Winery Board is seeking grant proposals from individual growers, farm wineries organizations, industry groups, or academic institutions that aim to assist in the betterment of Nebraska’s grape and wine industry. The board’s goal is to fund meaningful projects that have the highest likelihood of significant, positive impact on grape and wine production in Nebraska.

Grant proposals will be considered on a competitive basis. Interested parties wishing to receive funds must submit a detailed proposal for review and approval by the Nebraska Grape and Winery Board. Proposals must clearly explain how the money will be used and how it will enhance the competitiveness of Nebraska’s grape and wine industry. The Board anticipates funding proposals during the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014). Funding for projects will be subject to the availability of funds.

Applications can be submitted electronically on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2013, to ruthc.anderson@yahoo.com . Applications submitted by U.S. Mail must be postmarked on or before Wednesday, May 1, and sent to Ruth C. Anderson, 1011 Road O, York, NE 68467.

Eligible projects must enhance the competitiveness of Nebraska’s grapes and wines and may focus on research, promotion, marketing, trade enhancement, education, “buy local” programs, improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems, product development, developing cooperatives, and other opportunities. Any and all outcomes and records, resulting from a funded project, must be available for examination upon request by members of the public.

Grant proposal guidelines and application information can be found at http://www.grapeandwineryboard.nebraska.gov/grant_information.html. For more information, contact Casey Foster at the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 800-422-6692 or Ruth C. Anderson, Nebraska Grape and Winery Board Services Contractor at ruthc.anderson@yahoo.com.

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