Who Is Eligible?
Eligible applicants are independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.
What Activities Are Eligible?
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
- Some inventory and salary expenses
Please see program website for more details.
How much: Maximum of $75,000 for planning grants; $250,000 for working capital grants. Matching funds requirement of 50% of total project costs
Contact: Contact your Rural Development State Office: http://www.rd.usda.gov/contact-us/state-offices.