The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is requesting grant applications for projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined by the USDA as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, maple syrup, honey, horticulture, and nursery crops (including floriculture). Projects can last up to three years and must benefit the specialty crop industry as a whole. The maximum award is $75,000.
Five training workshops will be held around Connecticut to help potential applicants develop a project and quality application. The first session will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the New London County Extension Center in Norwich.
The application guidelines can be found here.
Applications must be received by close of business on May 17, 2012.