INDIANAPOLIS –The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting applications for the livestock promotion and market development grants to foster growth within the Hoosier livestock industry. Applications are due by December 1, 2015.
“Our livestock industries are a vital part of our state,” ISDA Director Ted McKinney said. “The financial resources these grants provide allow Hoosier livestock organizations to reach more people and make a greater impact throughout Indiana in their promotion and market development efforts.”
Educational programs, livestock shows/exhibitions, conventions and similar events and projects are eligible to apply for livestock promotion funding. The market development grant provides funding for value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution.
In 2015, $89,500 dollars were awarded to 15 organizations by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to foster growth in the livestock industry throughout Indiana.
Both the livestock promotion and market development grants will reimburse up to 50 percent of the amount spent to conduct or support the projects, programs and events outlined in each of the grants.
The grants are open to non-profit organizations, commissions and associations with 501(c) status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervids, bison, aquaculture and rabbits.
All grant applications should be sent electronically to Kimmi Devaney, ISDA Livestock Production Program Manager at KDevaney@isda.in.gov by December 1, 2015. Award winners will be announced February 1, 2016. Applications are available at www.in.gov/isda/2474.htm. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.