United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Rural Development
03/05/20 Midnight Electronic Receipt via Grants.gov; or postmarked or received by close of business on 03/10/20
Grants to USA agricultural producers, groups, and other eligible businesses for activities to expand the agricultural market. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of the grant program is to assist agricultural producers to enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.
Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, and some inventory and salary expenses.
For details on Project Eligibility, see: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-12-11/pdf/2019-26626.pdf#page=3
GrantWatch ID#: 172471
Expected Number of Awards: 300
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.
Project Period: Up to 36 months depending on the complexity of the project.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
This program is administered by the State Office. State Office contact information may be found here:
Shantelle Gordon, Management Analyst Phone
Rural Business-Cooperative Service
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue SW.
MS 3253, Room 4008-South
Washington, DC 20250-3253
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