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Dairy Farm Innovation Grant

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Farm Innovation Grant program. This program will provide grants for dairy farmers to access resources and technical assistance to support the implementation of community- and climate-forward production strategies. Projects funded through this grant program should take a whole farm system approach and increase collaboration with other farms or dairy sector stakeholders. 

This grant will fund a wide range of projects across farm production and business operation models. Projects may address improvements in topics such as, but are in no way limited to: switching breeds, creating new models for collaborative/cooperative milk production, increased young farmer engagement, alternative business ownership/management models, development of green technologies, farm-scale appropriate technology improvements, or creating a culture of continuous improvement.

Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required. 

**Applications for this program will open in October 2022**

Eligibility

Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy farmers (producers) whose operations are headquartered or based in the Northeast and who produce milk within the Northeast.

How to Apply

  1. Review the full Dairy Farm Innovation Grant (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process when it becomes available October 11, 2022.
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application GuideApplication period: October 27 - December 8, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET.

Have a Question about this Grant?

Have a question? Contact Kathryn Donovan.

Northeast DBIC Staff

Laura Ginsburg, Center Lead
laura.ginsburg@vermont.gov
(802) 522-2252 

Kathryn Donovan, Programs Manager
kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov
(802) 585-4571

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Funding for the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center is made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grants AM190100XXXXG081, AM200100XXXXG003, 21DBIVT1004-00, and AM21DBIVT1011-00. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.