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2009-10-08 / Community News

Texas Wine Month

In recognition of Texas Wine Month, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced that Texas wine promoters can apply for individual grants up to $10,000 to be used to increase the current marketing of Texas wine at wine-related events, festivals and educational activities, as part of the new Wine Regional Partnership Grant Program.

"Texas is known for cowboys, wide-open spaces and a special independent spirit. "We want to add another stellar item to the list - great tasting wine," Commissioner Staples said. "The Wine Regional Partnership Grant Program is another way for us to enhance the growth, visibility and awareness of this booming Texas industry that contributes more than $1.35 billion a year to the state's economy."

Texas Department of Agriculture staff will evaluate grant applications, and scoring will be determined by criteria such as event history, attendance, feasibility, the benefit and impact to the Texas wine industry, public interaction and wine industry participation. The grants will be available over the course of the biennium, Sept. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2011, with $60,000 allocated each biennium year. For more information regarding the application process and grant requirements, visit www.TexasAgriculture.gov and click on Grants/Funding.

These grants are made available through TDA's GO TEXAN program, a broad-based strategic marketing program that promotes goods or services produced or value-added in the Lone Star State.

Several towns host festivals that feature area wines each year too.

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