Coalitions for Grant Applications

With the opportunity provided by the Taskforce for the Advancement of Regional Innovation Clusters, or TARIC, Project 17 convened a coalition of Hartnell College, the City of Marina, the City of Salinas, the Monterey Bay International Trade Association and Barich Business Services to apply for the first TARIC grant of $2.15 million from a government group consisting of the Economic Development Administration ($1 million), the Employment Training Administration ($1 million) and the Small Business Administration ($150 thousand).  The grant is designed to fund the Regional Asset and Resource Inventory, the Ag-Tech Association, business consulting to both disadvantaged and non-disadvantaged businesses in the tri-county area, export readiness from the Monterey Bay International Trade Association and a Precision Agriculture program at Hartnell for the region’s largely Hispanic population of second-generation Americans.  As Salinas Mayor Dennis Donahue says, “No second-generation pickers.”

A second coalition of researchers, Project 17 and educators is being put together to fund robotics for agriculture research, education and deployment.  The RFP comes from the National Science Foundation.

Copyright Barich Business Services 2012                Barich Business Services  831-462-1413  Project 17  is partially funded by a contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding should not be construed as an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded projects are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.