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Existing Dairy Processor Expansion Grant

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Existing Dairy Processor Expansion Grant program to address the significant need for investment in processing expansion in the Northeast. This grant funds existing facilities across the Northeast region. It will have the ability to expand regionally sourced milk, which will diversify and strengthen the supply chain for dairy in meaningful ways for farmers and consumers.

Projects through this grant will primarily focus on acquiring specialized equipment needed to increase the processing capacity of regionally produced milk and other activities to support expansion to meet demand. 

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

Multiple tiers of grant funding ranges will be available to processors at a variety of sizes. Check back for funding tier levels.

**Applications for this program will open in January 2023.**

Eligibility

Applicants eligible for these funds are dairy processors that transform raw milk into an edible product with milk sourced from the Northeast region. Processors must be licensed in a way that their product can be sold across state lines. 

How to Apply

This grant will be split into multiple funding tiers to accommodate processors of all scales. Smaller award ranges will apply in a single round application process. Larger awards will be required to participate in a multi-stage application process. 

  1. Review the full Existing Dairy Processor Expansion Grant RFA (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process when it becomes available on January 10, 2023.
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide. Application will open January 26, 2023. 
  4. For those applicants required to do a multi-stage application, if invited back, the estimated full application period is late March - early May 2023. 

Have a Question about this Grant?

Have a question? Contact Laura Ginsburg or 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.