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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009

CONTACT: Sandi Cummings
Grants and Contracts Administrator
(919) 733-2113 ext. 239

Troxler announces availability of agricultural
festivals grants; deadline is Feb. 17

RALEIGH – If you’re a government agency or nonprofit group planning a party for pumpkins, soiree for strawberries or any other celebration for an N.C. commodity, you might qualify for funding assistance from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

“This is the second year of this grant program, which uses funds appropriated by the General Assembly to assist organizations that promote North Carolina’s commodities,” Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said. “Commodity festivals draw a lot of out-of-town tourists to small towns, as well as draw attention to great North Carolina food products. As these festivals grow, we want to ensure that local organizers can continue to plan and operate these fun and unique community celebrations.”

Applications and guidelines for the 2009 funding cycle of the Agricultural Festival Grant Program are available online at www.ncagr.gov/grants or by calling (919) 733-2113, ext. 239. Applications are due Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Grants will be awarded to commodity-related agricultural festivals in small towns with populations of less than 5,000 people. For the purposes of this grant, the commodity or commodities being celebrated should be part of the festival’s official name. A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded to qualifying applicants to promote the agricultural festival.

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Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
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