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2024: Funding Dairy Innovation in the Year Ahead 

Happy 2024 from NE-DBIC!   

After a year of spring heat and drought, followed by record rain and flooding across much of the Northeast, we’re ready to welcome in a new year.  While we can’t control what the weather will bring in 2024, we can plan ahead for resiliency.   

Our grants for dairy farmers and processors offer funding for a wide range of innovation, modernization, marketing and branding, and more, all with the goal of building resilience across the dairy sector.  If you’re looking to fund a project this year, consider applying for the grants below. 

Before applying, check out our FAQ’s and Resources for Grant Applicants & Recipients

Open Funding Opportunities: 

On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant 

Applications open November 30, 2023 – January 18, 2024 

Open to dairy farmers, this grant offers funding to purchase specialized equipment including milk storage tanks, milk pipelines, glycol chillers, milk loading systems, reclaim systems for water, cooling equipment, plate coolers/heat exchangers, and equipment installation costs. 

Get the On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Details >> 

Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant 

Applications open January 4 – February 22 

Open to dairy farmers, processors, and producer associations, this grant offers funding for projects that support increased production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets.  Activities covered by this grant include accessing technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades. 

Get the Dairy Food Safety & Certification Details >> 

Upcoming Funding Opportunities: 

Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant 

Request for Applications (RFA) is expected to be available late January. 

Building off our previous grant round in 2021, this grant program will provide funds to support both 1) individual small ruminant dairy businesses and 2) supply chain projects to improve the conditions for small ruminant dairy business viability and market development.   

Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant 

Request for Applications (RFA) is expected to be available in February. 

Open to dairy processors and/or producer associations, this rolling application for grants offers funding for applicants to exhibit and sell value-added products at domestic and/or international business-to-business trade shows.

Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant 

Request for Applications (RFA) is expected to be available in April. 

Open to dairy processors and producer associations, this grant offers funding to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate value-added dairy businesses through increased exposure and promotion of regionally produced dairy products.   

New Dairy Processor/Co-Packing Startup Grant 

Request for Applications (RFA) expected to be available in Spring 2024. 

Following up on our Existing Dairy Processor Expansion Grant, this funding opportunity will support the start-up of either new dairy processing capabilities for existing farmers, or the development of new co-packing capabilities and relationships for an existing processor.  More details will be release in the Spring, and engagement with technical assistance ahead of an application is strongly encouraged. 

View the Upcoming Funding Calendar for the year ahead.


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