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Value-Added Producer Grant

Type: Posted • Opportunity: RDBCP-VAPG-2024

Description

The objective of this grant program is to assist viable Independent Producers, Agricultural Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Businesses in starting or expanding value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products. Grants will be awarded competitively for either planning or working capital projects directly related to the processing and/or marketing of value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of the program. All proposals must demonstrate economic viability and sustainability to compete for funding.

Background
The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program aims to assist U.S. agricultural producers in entering value-added activities. The grants are awarded for economic planning or working capital activities related to the processing and/or marketing of valued-added agricultural products. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $75,000 and for a working capital grant is $250,000.

Grant Details
The grant program supports viable Independent Producers, Agricultural Producer Groups, Farmer and Rancher Cooperatives, and Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Businesses in starting or expanding value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of Value-Added Agricultural Products. Grants will be awarded competitively for either planning or working capital projects directly related to the processing and/or marketing of value-added products. Proposals must demonstrate economic viability and sustainability to compete for funding.

Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility requirements include citizenship, legal responsibility and authority, multiple grant eligibility, active VAPG grant status, no outstanding federal judgments or delinquencies on federal taxes, compliance with Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations, and compliance with Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) Hemp Production program regulations.

Period of Performance
The project timeframe or grant period can be a maximum of 36 months in length from the date of award. The proposed grant period should begin no earlier than the anticipated award announcement date in the Notice and should end no later than 36 months following that date. Project activities should begin within 90 days of the date of award.

Grant Value
The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $75,000 and for a working capital grant is $250,000.

Overview

Category of Funding
Agriculture
Funding Instruments
Grant
Grant Category
Discretionary
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement
True
Source
On 1/17/24 Rural Business Cooperative Services posted grant opportunity RDBCP-VAPG-2024 for Value-Added Producer Grant with funding of $30.0 million. The grant will be issued under grant program 10.352 Value-Added Producer Grants. It is expected that 190 total grants will be made.

Timing

Posted Date
Jan. 17, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EST
Closing Date
April 11, 2024, 12:00 a.m. EDT Due in 37 Days
Closing Date Explanation
Paper applications must be submitted by close of business on April 16, 2024, in the USDA RD State Office of the State where the project is located. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped or sent overnight, hand carried or emailed by this date. Electronic applications submitted through grants.gov must be submitted by April 11, 2024.
Last Updated
Jan. 17, 2024, 1:06 p.m. EST
Version
2
Archive Date
May 11, 2024

Eligibility

Eligible Applicants
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Info
Agricultural Producers, Agricultural Producer Groups, Farmer or Rancher Cooperatives, or Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business

Award Sizing

Ceiling
$250,000
Floor
Not Listed
Estimated Program Funding
$30,000,000
Estimated Number of Grants
190

Contacts

Contact
Natalie Melton Management and Program Analyst
Contact Email
Email Description
Program Management Division
Contact Phone
(202) 690-1371
Additional Information
RBS - Value Added Producer Grant

Documents

Posted documents for RDBCP-VAPG-2024

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