Value Added Producer Grant Workshop Feb. 3, 2020
Time & Location
About the Event
Presenter: Karen Kuhns, USDA Rural Development
"Value-added” are farm products that have changed physically or marketed to enhance value or expand your customer base. Eligible projects may also include farm-to-school, marketing to restaurants, or renewable energy, among others.
Projects that may be eligible for grant funding include:
-food products such as wine, flour, cheese, jam
- organic, grass-fed, buy local - buy fresh
- community-based food enterprises, farm to institution, farm to food service or restaurant
-value chain using a consumer seal
-renewable energy such as anaerobic digesters.
Following the one-hour workshop, a limited number of attendees will have the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with Ms. Kuhns about their proposed projects.
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.
VAP Grants require a 50% match provided by the applicant. However, some of the match may be an “in-kind”, such as the cost of your labor or farm product value. For example, a producer planning to begin cheese production may factor in the value of the milk they produce on-farm to satisfy some of the match. Grant funds may not be used for repair, acquisition or construction of a building or facility or to purchase, rent or install fixed equipment.
Applications for the Value-Added Producer Grant program are due March 10th. See guidance at https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants/pa If you do not have a SAMS and DUNS registration, it is suggested you start the process early.