Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

Type: 
Funding
Event Date: 
04/27/2016 9 am PDT
Grant Deadline: 
Organization: 
USDA
Description: 

Deadline passed as of June 24, 2016. Deadline for 2017 unknown.The VAPG program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Category: 
Small Farmers and Ranchers, Sustainable Agriculture, Family Farms, Marketing Opportunities.
Funding Amount: 
Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 for planning grants; $250,000 for working capital grants
Matching Funds: 
Matching Funds Requirements: 50% of total project costs

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Eligibility: 
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures are eligible to apply for this program.