Dairy Grants & Contracts

At the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center, we offer grants and contracts for dairy farmers, processors, and service providers.

Click the buttons below to learn more about specific grants, or jump to our Funding Calendar to learn when each grant opens.


Funding for Dairy Farmers:

Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant

Funding for farmers, processors, and producer associations to develop or expand the reach of goat and/or sheep dairy products or markets.

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Dairy Farm Improvement & Modernization Grant

Grants for dairy farmers and TA providers to fund a wide-range of projects that prioritize long-term farm viability, climate and economic resilience

Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant

Grants for dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations to improve the safety of dairy products

On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant

Funds for farmers to purchase equipment that improves milk storage, handling, and energy efficiency


Funding for Dairy Processors:

Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant

Funding for farmers, processors, and producer associations to develop or expand the reach of goat and/or sheep dairy products or markets.

Cheese makers at a trade show

Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant 

Grants for dairy processors and producer associations seeking to exhibit and sell value-added dairy products at domestic and/or international business-to-business trade shows.

Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant

Grants for value-added dairy processors to access professional services to implement marketing tactics, brand improvements, and overall strategy

Innovation in Dairy Processing and Packaging Grant

Grants for dairy processors, producer associations, and educational research institutions to conduct R&D projects that support innovation for Northeast dairy processors across a variety of scales.

woman holding cheese wheels in a cheese cave

New Dairy Processor Start-up Grant

Grants to support the development of new and expanded co-packing capabilities and relationships for dairy processors.

Dairy Co-Packing Grant

Grants to support the development of new and expanded co-packing capabilities and relationships for a processor.

Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant

Grants for dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations to improve the safety of dairy products


Funding for Dairy Service Providers:

Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant

Funding for farmers, processors, and producer associations to develop or expand the reach of goat and/or sheep dairy products or markets.

Dairy Farm Improvement & Modernization Grant

Grants for dairy farmers and TA providers to fund a wide-range of projects that prioritize long-term farm viability, climate and economic resilience

Cohort Dairy Technical Assistance Contract

Service providers are invited to develop cohorts of dairy farmers to address relevant areas of technical assistance in their region


Funding Calendar:

Application OpenProgram NameGrant DescriptionEligible ApplicantsContact
November 2023 – January 2024On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling GrantGrants to provide dairy farmers with funds to purchase equipment and related costs to improve milk storage, handling, and energy efficiencies. Dairy Farmers  Ali Boochever 
ali.boochever@vermont.gov 
(802) 261-5740  
December 2023 – March 2024Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant Grants to support food safety projects including food safety training, audits and certifications ,specialized equipment purchase, and supplies. Dairy Farmers, Dairy Processors, and/or Producer Associations Ben Eldredge  
ben.eldredge@vermont.gov 
(802) 522-9478  
January – June 2024 Goat & Sheep Dairy Development Grant Grants to improve the regional conditions for goat and/or sheep dairy products or markets.Grants to improve the regional conditions for goat and/or sheep dairy products or markets.   Kathryn Donovan 
kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov 
(802) 585-4571  
February – June 2024 Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant  A rolling application for grants to support value-added dairy processors in participating in business-to-business trade shows. Dairy Processors, Dairy Producer Associations Ali Boochever 
ali.boochever@vermont.gov 
(802) 261-5740  
April – June 2024 Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant Grants for dairy processors to access professional marketing and branding services. Dairy Processors, Dairy Producer Associations Ali Boochever 
ali.boochever@vermont.gov 
(802) 261-5740
June – August 2024 (pre-application stage)Innovation in Dairy Processor and Packaging Grant Grants to provide long-term investments that increase dairy processors’ environmental and economic sustainability.  This is a two-stage application process.Dairy Processors, Manufacturers, Producer Associations, Supply Chain Businesses, Research Institutions, TA ProvidersKathryn Donovan 
kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov (802) 585-4571  
June – August 2024 New Dairy Processor Start-up Grant Grants to support the start-up of new dairy processing capabilities for existing farmers or experienced dairy processors. Engagement with technical assistance ahead of an application is strongly encouraged. Dairy Farmers, New/Existing 
Dairy Processors 
Kathryn Donovan 
kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov (802) 585-4571 
Fall/Winter 2024Dairy Co-packing Grant Grants to support the development of new co-packing capabilities and relationships for existing dairy processors. Dairy ProcessorsKathryn Donovan 
kathryn.donovan@vermont.gov (802) 585-4571 
Fall/Winter 2024 Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant A rolling application for grants to support value-added dairy processors in participating in business-to-business trade shows. Dairy Processors, Dairy Producer Associations Ali Boochever 
ali.boochever@vermont.gov 
(802) 261-5740  
Fall/Winter 2024 On-Farm Milk Storage & Handling Grant Grants to provide dairy farmers with funds that support the purchase and supplies to improve milk storage, handling and energy efficiencies. Dairy Farmers  Ali Boochever 
ali.boochever@vermont.gov 
(802) 261-5740  
Fall/Winter 2024 Dairy Farm Improvement & Modernization Grant This grant will fund a wide range of projects that prioritize long term dairy farm viability and climate/economic resilience. Dairy Farmers, Producer Associations, Technical Assistance Providers Ben Eldredge 
ben.eldredge@vermont.gov 
(802) 522-9478
Fall/Winter 2024 Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant Grants to support food safety projects including specialized equipment purchase, supplies, food safety training, and certifications.  Dairy Farmers and Dairy Processors Ben Eldredge  
ben.eldredge@vermont.gov 
(802) 522-9478  
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