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USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Update

It is anticipated that in FY 2016 there will be approximately $52 million available nationwide under the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The actual date of the notice of funding availability (NOFA) at the present time is unknown.  Please note that this would be a significant increase in funding from the previous yearS; future year’s funding will be subject to annual appropriations resulting in far fewer dollars for the program.
There are two types of grants available: Planning Grants and Working Capital Grants.
The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $75,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $250,000.  A 50% match is required.
If you are at all thinking about this, decide NOW if you are going to apply.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition has a great Farmer’s Guide to the VAPG :
www.sustainableagriculture.net/publications . (You might see other publications of interest there as well.)
After reviewing the materials, list your questions and contact your state’s USDA Rural Development office for a phone appt to discuss your questions.

You are welcome to also discuss with the Grants Advisor of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute and Wisconsin Farmers Union.