Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant

Grant Overview

This grant opportunity is currently closed. It will be updated for a new round, expected to be offered in winter 2024-2025.  

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant program, which will provide grants for dairy farmers, processors, and/or producer associations to take actionable steps to improve the safety of dairy products. Projects funded through this program will support increased production safety standards with the goal of accessing new markets. Projects that increase marketability of dairy products will be prioritized. Activities covered by this grant include accessing technical assistance, audits, food safety plan development, training, testing fees, and certain infrastructure upgrades.  

Grants are available to applicants in all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

Grants will range from $10,000 – $50,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required.  

Available funds: up to $650,000 

Eligibility

Applicants eligible for these funds must fall into at least one of the following categories:  

  1. Dairy farmer (producer) that: 
    • is headquartered or based in the Northeast; and 
    • sources or produces milk within the Northeast; and 
    • is a licensed dairy operation in compliance with all required state and federal standards. 
  2. Dairy processor that currently transforms raw milk into an edible product and is licensed in a way that their product can be sold across state lines, OR a current dairy processor whose grant project will help their business take steps toward getting licensed in a way that will allow them to sell their edible product across state lines, and:  
    • is headquartered or based in the Northeast; and  
    • sources or produces milk within the Northeast; and  
    • if a value-added processor, manufactures products within the Northeast.  
  3. Dairy producer association/dairy council1 which represents and promotes dairy products and dairy businesses of the Northeast. Grant projects submitted by dairy producer associations must directly benefit multiple dairy businesses to be eligible for this grant. 

How to Apply

  1. Once it is released, review the full Request for Applications (RFA) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process. The RFA is expected to be updated for 2025 and posted in fall 2024. 
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application GuideThis application is currently closed and expected to open in late winter 2025. 

Applicants who do not already have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) through SAM.gov are strongly encouraged to start this process during the application period to ensure a timely start to their grant, if awarded.

Previous Rounds 

Review the 2024 Dairy Food Safety & Certification Grant Request for Applications (RFA) for full details on previous rounds of this grant. The RFA will be updated and subject to change for 2025. 

Have a Question about this Grant?

Have a question? Contact the grant coordinator for this program, Ben Eldredge.

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