The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) recently announced the availability of two grant opportunities to elevate dairy business.
The Dairy Business Viability and Technical Assistance Grant program will provide grants for coordinated technical assistance projects, and the Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant program will provide grants to take actionable steps to increase production safety standards.
The Dairy Business Viability and Technical Assistance Grant program will provide grants for dairy processors, producer associations, supply chain businesses, and technical assistance providers to enhance dairy farmer and processor business operations and strengthen market opportunities. Projects funded through this program will coordinate technical assistance to benefit multiple dairy producers and processors with the goal of increasing consumption, sales, jobs, and diverse markets for regionally produced dairy products. Technical assistance services could include enhancing business plans, facility operations, marketing, distribution, processing, and product offerings. Grants will range from $10,000 – $100,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match commitment required. Applications are due Dec. 7, 2021.
The Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant program will provide grants for dairy farmers, processors and/or producer associations to take actionable steps to improve the safety of dairy products. Projects funded through this program will support increased production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Activities covered by this grant include accessing technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades. Grants will range from $10,000 – $40,000 with a 25% cash or in-kind match commitment required. Applications are due Feb. 3, 2022.
Both grants are available to applicants in Pennsylvania, as well as Northeast states Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. For more information and complete eligibility details, visit the NE-DBIC website.
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