Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant 

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant program. This grant is open to dairy processors and/or producer associations seeking to exhibit and sell value-added dairy products at domestic and/or international business-to-business trade shows. This grant will support established value-added dairy processor businesses and producer associations in increasing exposure and promotion of their regionally produced dairy products. Grant funds will cover the cost of attending tradeshows including registration, travel, costs of product samples, production and distribution of sell-sheets and other marketing materials, professional branding and design services, trade show booth set-up, and more. 

Grants are available to applicants on a rolling basis from February to June in all 11 Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000 with a cash and/or in-kind match requirement of 25%. 

Total funds available: $125,000 

Eligibility 

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

  1. 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, 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.  
  2. 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 support multiple dairy businesses in attending trade shows in order to be eligible for this grant. 

How to Apply 

  1. Review the full Dairy Product Trade Show Assistance Grant RFA (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the full application process. 
  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days). 
  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide. The rolling application is open February 27 – June 25, 2024, or until available funds are expended. 
  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. There are currently significant delays. 

Have a Question about this Grant? 

Have a question? Contact the grant coordinator for this program, Ali Boochever. 

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