USDA Rural Development is currently accepting applications for both the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) and the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG).

VAPG provides up to $75,000 for planning grants to conduct feasibility studies, or up to $250,000 for working capital implementation projects. Applications are due March 5th, 2020, and a 1:1 match is required.

RBDG funds projects providing technical assistance to Rural Business through technical assistance, infrastructure development, and economic development including capitalization of revolving loan funds. Applications are due March 30, 2020.

USDA Value Added Producer Grant

USDA Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) is accepting applications for efforts aimed at expanding value added production.  The two types of grants are Planning (up to $75,000) and Implementation (up to $250,000).  The application deadline is June 24th for e-applications and  July 1st paper applications.   There is $44 million in available funding.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council hosted a webinar in conjunction with USDA Rural Development on VAPG that is now available online viewing.

Value Added Producer Grant

USDA’s Rural Development has $30 million in funding available through its Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) for efforts assisting farmers, ranchers, and food entrepreneurs in adding value to their raw agricultural products.  The electronic submission date through is July 2, 2015 and the paper submittal deadline is July 7th.

The Intertribal Agriculture Council will be hosting a national webinar on the VAPG program in conjunction with Rural Development staff in the next couple weeks.  Recorded webinars on other topics are available on the IAC “IndianAg” YouTube channel.

Rural Business Development Grant

USDA’s Rural Development is now accepting applications for its Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG), which combines the former Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) and Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).  Funding may be used for a variety of purposes ranging from equipment and construction to training and education.  Interested applicants should contact their local USDA Rural Development Office and/or regional IAC Technical Assistance Specialist since application details vary by state.  The program does include a Tribal funding set-aside.

Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant

USDA’s Rural Development is accepting applications for the Small Small Socially Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG) to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and cooperative development centers.  A total of $3 million is available with a maximum award of $200,000 and no match is required.

Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG)

USDA’s Rural Development is accepting applications for the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) until October 15th. VAPG provides up to $100,000 for a marketing feasibility for value added agricultural products or $300,000 in working capital. There is a 50% match requirement, but 25% may come from in kind contributions.

USDA Program Workshop at Bay Mills

Come learn about how the Bay Mills Community College (BMCC)’s Waishkey Farm has used a variety of USDA programs to start their sustainable farm that grows and produces vegetable, fruit, grazing livestock, and poultry.

The travel scholarship deadline has been extended to Monday, August 20th, and scholarship requests or other questions should be sent to Dan Cornelius (

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