Several public and private funding sources offer grants to help bakeries improve their facilities, create jobs, or design nutrition-friendly programming. Some funding opportunities are available through the recent federal economic stimulus programs, while others have been in force for many decades. Other grants are designed to help bakeries relocate to new areas.
The One North Carolina Fund Grant Program
Established by North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford in 1963, the One North Carolina Fund was designed to help create and expand jobs in the state, and to assist companies deemed vital to the economy expand their businesses there. Bakeries and other firms may apply for funding for a variety of purposes, such as to purchase and install new equipment, make structural improvements to facilities, or renovate utilities. Special consideration is given to companies that have been impacted by the economic downturn and whose projects will create jobs. In 2010, Northeast Foods, Inc. was awarded a $350,000 grant to open a new bakery in Clayton, creating 84 jobs over the next two years; Colorado-based Gerard's Bakery was awarded $100,000 in 2005 to open a bakery in Mount Airy.
North Carolina Department of Commerce 301 North Wilmington Street Raleigh, NC 27601 919-733-4151 www.nccommerce.com
State Energy Program Grant
Receiving its funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) the State Energy Program seeks to retain and create jobs, save energy, and increase and generate renewable energy through projects to upgrade facilities. Bakeries are eligible to apply for this funding. In 2010, the state of Ohio was awarded over $11 million in grant money through the program, of which $1 million has gone to fund energy-efficient upgrades at the family-owned Horizons Baking Company in Norwalk.
Ohio Department of Development 77 South High Street, 28th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-466-9627 development.ohio.gov
Get Ingrained Grant Program
Established in 2010 by Bimbo Bakeries USA, the Get Ingrained Grant Program is awarded to individuals or organizations, including bakeries, that seek to promote wellness and the importance of nutrition. Bakeries who wish to apply must submit projects that endorse healthy lifestyles and foster healthy food choices. Applicants must also submit a brief budget outline detailing how the grant money would be used. The program awards two grants of $15,000 each.
Bimbo Bakeries USA Consumer Relations Department P.O. Box 976 Horsham, PA 19044 1-800-984-0989 bimbobakeriesusa.com
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