U.S Department of Agriculture: Value-Added Producer Grant

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Grant 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.
* Some inventory and salary expenses.

Amount: $76,000,000 is available, COVID–19 relief funds constitute $35,000,000 of the total amount. Planning grants range up to $75,000; Working capital grants range up to $250,000.

Eligibility: Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.

Note: Priority may be given to 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 those who are proposing a mid-tier value chain.

Resource Information
Funder U.S Department of Agriculture
Eligibility For Profit Organization, Individual, Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Agriculture
Grant Amount $0-$250,000
Deadline Closed