If you’re an agricultural producer looking to bring value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value-added products to your business, you’ll be thrilled to hear that applications are now being accepted for VAPG Grants. Grant money will be given to those companies that are generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities and increasing producer income with priority going to a beginning farmer/rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer/rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain.

Application Deadline: Paper ApplicationJuly 1, 2016  |  Electronic Applications:  June 24, 2016
Notice of Solicitation of Application:  [ PDF ]
Program Funding: $44 million
Maximum Grant Amount: $75,000 for planning grants; $250,000 for working capital grants
Matching Funds Requirements: 50% of total project costs

VAPG Grants are available to:

      • Independent producers
      • agricultural producer groups
      • farmer- or rancher-cooperatives
      • majority-controlled producer-based business ventures

For more information on the VAPG grants including what the funds may be used for and how to apply, visit the USDA website.