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Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grants

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Closed March 26, 2021


Launched in 2008, the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin (BLBW) competitive grant program is designed to strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural and food industries by working to reduce the marketing, distribution, and processing hurdles that impede the expansion of sales of Wisconsin’s food products to local purchasers.

Managed by DATCP, the grants can help farms and business more efficiently process, market and distribute food in local markets including stores, schools and institutions. Keeping food dollars in Wisconsin communities supports local businesses, improves farm incomes, and creates jobs.


  • Requests must be between $5,000 and $50,000.

  • Budget must show at least a 1-to-1 match. (For every dollar of BLBW funds requested, applicant must spend at least one dollar cash or in-kind funds on the project.)

  • Project must be completed within 24 months after contract is signed by DATCP. A no-cost extension of up to one year is available upon request and is granted at the discretion of DATCP.

  • Primary beneficiaries are Wisconsin agriculture products based businesses (including farms, value-added food businesses, processors, growers associations, famer/rancher coops, schools and institutions, food service operations, and non-profit organizations).

  • Private farms or agribusinesses applying for funds must be selling at least 51% of their agricultural products locally (see definition of local at end of guide). Value-added food businesses, or processors must be purchasing, or growing at least 51% of their product (by weight) ingredients locally.

  • If you have received funding from the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Grant program within the last four years, you are not eligible to apply.

  • If you currently have any grant with DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development you are not eligible to apply (this includes Specialty Crop Block Grants and Dairy Processor Grants).

  • Dairy processors looking for grant funds should apply for DATCP’s Division of Agricultural Development’s Dairy Processors Grant.


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March 26, 2021


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Updated September 28, 2021

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