Dairy Processor Modernization Grant 

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Processor Modernization Grant program. Funds will support dairy processors in expanding and modernizing their processing facility to allow for long term business viability. Projects should expand processing capacity or create efficiencies that will result in long term business viability. 

Projects funded through this grant will focus primarily on acquiring specialized dairy production equipment needed to modernize the processing capacity or efficiencies of existing product lines. Additional activities related to training, marketing, or supply chain logistics that directly support increased production capacity may be included.  

The Northeast region, for the purposes of NE-DBIC programs, includes the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. 

Grants will range from $25,000 to $350,000 with a 25% (cash or in-kind) match commitment required.   

Total funds available: $1,200,000.  

Eligibility

This application is open to applicants from all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Applicant must be a licensed dairy processor that currently meets each of the following requirements: 

  • Transforms raw milk or dairy components into an edible product meant for human consumption 
  • Is licensed in a way that their dairy products can be sold across state lines 
  • Is headquartered or based in the Northeast 
  • Sources or produces milk or dairy components from within the Northeast 
  • Manufactures products within the Northeast 

How to Apply

  1. Once it is released, review the full 2024 Dairy Processor Modernization Grant RFA (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the application process. The RFA is expected to be released in June 2024. 
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).  
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide. The application period is expected to be from June to August 2024. 
  4. 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.  

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