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Grants and other funding sources for improving and expanding food safety operations.

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National

Dairy processors can be nominated for awards that carry a financial component. Winners in the Outstanding Dairy Processing & Manufacturing Sustainability category demonstrate steps to innovate, measure and communicate progress.
The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products.

Connecticut

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
The Farm Transition Grant Program (FTG) is a competitive matching grant program for Connecticut farmers and agricultural cooperatives to support the diversification of existing farm operations, transitioning to value-added agricultural production and sales, and other venues in which a majority of products sold are grown in the state. Please be aware: This is a reimbursement grant.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Delaware

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

District of Columbia

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Maine

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
MTI offers matching grants, loans, equity investments, and services to businesses, organizations, and individuals to support Maine’s innovation economy. Proposals need to address creation or retention of quality jobs statewide, growth and acceleration of revenues, or attraction and leveraging of additional capital or other investments.
The announcement of a Maine law expanding opportunities for small food processors to expand their businesses in Maine through tax credits. The page explains who is qualified to apply, what the credits entail, and how one can apply for the program
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Maryland

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Massachusetts

FSMIP funds applied research projects that address barriers, challenges, and opportunities in marketing, transportation, and distribution of food and agricultural products. FSMIP will not award grant funds for projects that solely benefit one individual farm or agribusiness. FSMIP projects must benefit multiple producers or agribusinesses, or have agricultural sector-wide impact.
The MFVP will provide funding through grants to support food ventures to improve access to Massachusetts grown, harvested or caught food products through the development of collaborations with local agricultural enterprises and private/public entities. Key areas for investment include: food processing infrastructure.
Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Specialty Crop industries in Massachusetts. Among other things, it can be used to fund implementation practices and standards that improve food safety, such as cost share of audits or Good Manufacturing Practices.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

New Hampshire

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

New Jersey

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

New York

This is an annual event where companies compete to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product and can win up to $75,000. This competition is intended to help small-to-medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies as they move from a new product/production method to the marketplace.
Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
The Empire State Economic Development Fund (EDF) offers financial assistance for projects that promote New York State’s economic health by facilitating job creation and/or retention, or increased business activity in the state.
Grow-NY is an food and agriculture business competition that identifies, supports, and funds the top food, beverage, and agriculture innovations. The competition includes grants, mentorship, training, business development support, and tax incentives.
The grant is intended for a partnership between a not-for-profit organization and an industry partner to enable technology transfer, adoption and implementation of new manufacturing processes, as well as the creation of enhanced products and services.
These regional grants fund capital improvements to meet or maintain the food safety requirements of the Grown and Certified Program. Grant funds cover 90% of project costs, with producer matching with 10%
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Pennsylvania

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.

Rhode Island

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.
The LASA Grant Program provides grants that directly benefit and strengthen the local food system in Rhode Island. This page contains a webinar and useful contact information for grant applicants.

Vermont

Matching grants for enhancing production of value-added agricultural products and/or manufacturing efficiencies, transitioning to operation as a new processor or expansion as an existing processor, addressing known bottlenecks along the supply chain.
Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
These grants are backed by the EPA to provide technical assistance and incentive funding for projects that reduce diesel emissions from engines, vehicles, and equipment.
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Funding for projects that will impact agricultural revenue through improved marketing efforts and increased access to specialty crops. Examples of eligible projects include: marketing or related education and outreach programs, innovative solutions to logistics and/or distribution, accounting or inventory tracking software or other technology, website improvements, sales platforms, or app development, and display improvements such as signage, shelving, labels to promote allowable products
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.
Matching grants to support development of Vermont-based working lands businesses through technical assistance and other forms of support, which may cover topic(s) such as: market development, marketing plans, and sales; business and financial planning; business responses to COVID-19; enterprise transitions for next generation business owners and post succession;`access to capital; manufacturing efficiencies or process flow; business research and development
The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program funds projects that aim to enhance the production and competitiveness of Specialty Crop industries in Vermont. Among other things, it can be used to fund implementation practices and standards that improve food safety, such as cost share of audits or Good Manufacturing Practices.
Matching grants that provide Vermont agriculture and forestry businesses with funds to identify, plan, exhibit and sell their Vermont products at out-of-state trade shows. Note: the grant has not yet been approved for 2021.
The Vermont Employment Growth Incentive (VEGI) program provides cash payments as an economic incentive for business recruitment, growth and expansion. The VEGI program provides incentives to encourage prospective economic activity in Vermont that is beyond a business’s organic growth.
A program that provides grants for up to 50% of the cost of pre-employment training, training for new hires, and training for incumbent workers.

West Virginia

Grants that provide funds to established value-added dairy processors in the Northeast U.S. to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate their businesses.
Northeast SARE’s Partnership Grant program funds projects conducted by researchers, educators and agricultural service providers working in direct partnership with farmers. Grants may be used for: research to improve production practices, marketing approaches, or farmer, farmworker or community well-being; education and training programs to increase knowledge and improve decision-making about sustainable practices; on-farm or in-market demonstrations of new techniques; and developing new farm management and community development approaches that support sustainable agriculture outcomes.