Jun 29, 2018$1M in grants awarded for developing, promoting Pennsylvania wines
Governor Tom Wolf June 27 announced the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has awarded grants totaling $1 million to nine projects intended to enhance the Pennsylvania wine industry and increase production of Pennsylvania-made wines.
“Research is vital to the continued, successful growth of the state’s rapidly expanding wine industry,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “These grants are an important investment in the future of a vibrant, dynamic part of Pennsylvania’s agricultural portfolio.”
Act 39 of 2016 expanded the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board and authorized the PLCB to approve up to $1 million annually for wine promotion. The first round of grants – a total of $999,394 for 13 projects – were issued by the PLCB in May 2017, and the second rounds of grants awarded $999,989 to seven projects in May 2018.
“The third fiscal year under Act 39 begins July 1, and the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board has streamlined its grant application and review process such that we’re now in a position to award grants to align better with our fiscal year,” said Board Chairman Tim Holden. “Approving grants in advance of or at the beginning of a fiscal year also allows grantees to plan their projects and funding with greater predictability.”
“These investments in Pennsylvania’s wine industry come at a critical time,” Agriculture Russell Redding said. “The state’s $4.8 billion wine industry is threatened by a destructive and rapidly spreading invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly. Some of these research dollars will complement the work of our department and federal and private sector partners to support and protect the industry, and build on the $3 million in the 2018-19 budget dedicated to controlling the pest.”
The following grant projects were recommended for approval by the Pennsylvania Wine Marketing and Research Board for fiscal year 2018-19.
Act 39 also created the Pennsylvania Malt and Brewed Beverages Industry Promotion Board and authorized the PLCB to approve and fund up to $1 millionannually for development and marketing of the Pennsylvania beer industry. The PLCB awarded the inaugural round of grants supporting Pennsylvania’s beer industry in February 2018, with grants for 13 projects totaling nearly $705,000.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates more than 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling $15.8 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit www.lcb.pa.gov.