Join GROW Nebraska for a FREE training featuring experts from USDA Rural Development! We'll walk you through the Value Added Producer Grant to see if you are eligible, and then we'll show you how to apply. Applications are currently being accepted through January 31, 2018.
What does this program do?
The Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Applicants may receive priority if they 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.
Program Funding: $18 million
Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000
Matching Funds Requirements: 50 percent of total project costs
Who may apply for this program?
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation are eligible to apply for this program.
How may funds be used?
Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include:
- Processing costs
- Marketing and advertising expenses
- Some inventory and salary expenses