Dairy Co-Packing Grant 

Grant Overview

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Co-packing Grant program. This grant will provide funds for existing Northeast dairy processors to initiate new co-packing arrangements or to expand existing co-packing capabilities. Processors who have not previously co-packed will be eligible for funds to add co-packing capabilities to their current business. Processors that currently co-pack will be eligible for funds for activities that will add new co-packing partnerships, scale up existing co-packing relationships, or add additional co-packed product lines. 

Applicants will be required to utilize technical assistance or training as a subset of their funds in their projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to engage in technical assistance such as business planning, market research, or other relevant pre-work ahead of applying for this grant.   

Funds may be used to purchase specialized dairy processing equipment and/or supplies, increase food safety, marketing and branding, market access, and/or product development.  


Grants will range from $15,000 to $150,000 with a 25% cash and/or in-kind match contribution. 


Grants are available to applicants in all 11 Northeast states served by NE-DBIC: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.  

Applicants eligible for these funds are licensed dairy processors that currently meet each of the following requirements: 

  1. transforms raw milk or dairy components into an edible product meant for human consumption 
  2. is licensed in a way that their dairy products can be sold across state lines 
  3. is headquartered or based in the Northeast 
  4. sources or produces milk or dairy components from within the Northeast 
  5. manufactures products within the Northeast  

How to Apply

  • Once it is released, review the full 2024 New Dairy Processor & Co-packing Start-up 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 late 2024. 
  • Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).  
  • Once it is open, complete your application in WebGrants using our Application Guide. The application is expected to open in late 2024. 
  • 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.  

Have a Question about this Grant? 

Contact Kathryn Donovan.

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