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Request For Proposals - FY19

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council (MCBC) announces a request for proposals (RFP) for projects to commence May 1, 2019.

The MCBC's anticipated budget for 2019 awards is $350,000. Individual proposals are limited to a maximum of $50,000 each. The MCBC does not pay overhead or other administrative costs.

Proposals are due no later than 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, to the MCBC at If an email confirming receipt is not received within 24 hours, please contact Sherri Goodreau at 517-284-5733.

Funding decisions will be communicated in mid-April with grant agreements effective May 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

Potential applicants for these research grants are welcome to contact Peter Anastor with any questions about the Council's funding of research projects:, 517-284-5777.

Michigan Craft Beverage Council Research Priorities (PDF)
Proposal Guidelines, Budget Form, and Anticipated Reporting Requirements (DOC)

Grape & Wine Funded Projects:
Funded Grape & Wine Research Projects 2018 (PDF)
Funded Grape & Wine Research Projects 2017 (PDF)
Funded Grape & Wine Research Projects 2016 (PDF)
Funded Grape & Wine Research Projects 2015 (PDF)
Funded Grape & Wine Research Projects 2014 (PDF)

Grape & Wine Research Reports:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014

Winery Sustainability Feasibility Study

This study, conducted in 2014-2015, was funded by a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant. It considered the design, development and implementation of a sustainability certification program for the Michigan wineries and vineyards. The consulting firm, 5 Lakes Energy, led the project. The final report with recommendations is available at

Phase II of the project, to create a web-site with resources and conduct one-on-one visits with wineries regarding opportunities for enhancements around water and energy use, will be conducted in 2015-2016. This work is also being funded by a Specialty Crop Block Grant from USDA.

For more information, contact Liesl Clark at 5 Lakes Energy - or 517-243-2860

Investigating New Wine Grape Varieties for Michigan

A preliminary investigation into new wine grape varieties suited to Michigan conditions was conducted by a group of Michigan industry member. The focus of the work was on cultivars developed in Germany and used commercially in Europe. Organized through the Michigan Wine Foundation, the group was assisted by the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council in obtaining funding from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for this initial phase of exploratory work. A report on this project was released on January 28, 2016. View the report here. (PDF)

Michigan State University Resources

Suitability of Regions in Michigan for Wine Grape Production (PDF)
Resources for an integrated approach to vineyard management

MSU Extension Bulletins - Wine Grapes

Other Sources of Technical Information

Penn State Wine Grape Network

Ohio Grape Web
Published by Ohio State University Extension

Vineyard and Vintage View newsletter
Published by Southwest Missouri State University

Virginia Tech University enology information