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’s Rural Development is currently accepting applications for its Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG).  Planning grants range up to $75,000 and working capital implementation are available for up to $250,000.  A 1:1 match is required.  Electronic applications are due January 24, 2018, and paper applications are due January 31, 2018.

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.

IAC Webinar Series

The Intertribal Agriculture Council is offering a series of webinars on topics related to Indian agriculture.  All webinar recordings are posted on the “IndianAg” YouTube channel.  To date, most topics have focused on USDA programs, with USDA program staff covering the essentials of major assistance programs.  Additional topics will be added in the near future.  Comment below if there are topics you’d like to learn more about.

The Value Added Producer Grant will be covered on June 4, 2015 at 2:00pm CDT.  Check flyer below for access information.


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.