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Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces  the availability of funds through the Dairy Marketing and Branding Services Grant Program, which will provide grants for established value-added dairy processors and producer associations to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate value-added dairy businesses. Projects funded by this grant will increase the exposure and promotion of regionally produced dairy products guided by marketing/branding professionals. Funded projects will increase consumer awareness of products, develop market channels and distribution opportunities to increase product placement, support innovative strategies to increase consumption, and/or increase business revenues.

Additionally, up to 25% of the grant funds may be used to implement the strategy and/or content developed by the contractor.

Awards will range from $10,000 - $50,000 with a match requirement of 25%. 

**This funding opportunity will reopen in Spring of 2023.**

Eligibility

This application is open to applicants from all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Applicants must be one of the following:

  1. Dairy processors that transform raw milk sourced from the Northeast region into an edible product and are: 
    • licensed dairy processor in compliance with all required state and/or federal standards, as required for the sales outlets reached during the timeframe of this project; and
    • headquartered or based in the Northeast; and
    • if a value-added processor, products are manufactured within the Northeast.
  2. Dairy producer association/dairy council which represents and promotes dairy products and dairy businesses of the Northeast.

How to Apply

  1. Review the full 2023 Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant RFA (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the application process when it is released in Spring 2023.
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide when the application opens in Spring 2023.

Previous Grant Projects

Interested in developing a project concept? Learn about the thirteen 2021 projects that were awarded, including Henry Farms of Knox. Also, take a look at last year's 2022 Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant RFA to get an idea of what to expect in 2023. RFA is subject to change for the next round of these funds.

Have a Question about this Grant?

Contact Brockton.Corbett@vermont.gov for more information.

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.