The Corn Marketing Program of Michigan unveiled a new grant program aimed at increasing the availability of higher-level blends of ethanol fuel to Michigan consumers. The grant is open to fuel retailers in Michigan who want to offer E15, which is fuel blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline. Currently, almost every gallon of gasoline sold contains 10 percent ethanol. Ethanol provides a non-carcinogenic way to boost the octane of gasoline. Using more ethanol in our fuel also helps clean up Michigan’s air. Ethanol produces 36% less greenhouse gas emissions than regular gasoline. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, all model 2001 and newer cars can safely operate on E15. Five grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to retailers throughout Michigan wishing to improve their infrastructure to accommodate E15. The grant money can be used by retailers to update their infrastructure and provide marketing and educational materials for customers. Retailers wishing to learn more about this grant opportunity should contact the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan at (517) 668-2676.