USDA Value-Added Producer Grant Program

Value-Added Producer Grants (VAPG)

The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

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Program Status: 

OPEN: Application deadline is October 15, 2012

Estimated Program Funding: $14 million

Maximum Grant Amount: $100,000 for planning grants; $300,000 for working capital grants
Cost Sharing Requirement: Cash or eligible in-kind matching funds equal to at least the amount of grant funds requested

Grant Program Information

Am I eligible to apply?

You must meet the requirements of one of the following applicant types: Independent Producer, Agricultural Producer Group, Farmer or Rancher Cooperative, or Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Venture. Your proposed value-added product must also fall within one of the five product categories, and you must also comply with all the other eligibility requirements detailed in the Program Regulation and NOFA.

You may use grant funds for eligible economic planning activities, or for eligible working capital expenses. Economic planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing of the proposed value-added product. Eligible working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, and some inventory and salary expenses directly related to your value-added project, as detailed in the Program Regulation. You cannot use grant funds to purchase property or construct facilities, or to purchase equipment. The Program Regulation provides more information on eligible uses of the grant.

How do I apply?

Each fiscal year, applications are solicited through a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) published in the Federal Register. You will need to follow the information in the NOFA and the Program Regulation.


Contact Westar Trade Resources for a free, no obligation consultation to determine eligibility and cost for applying to the VAPG program at or call 214-320-0900.

Key documents needed for applying to this program include (click on the button to learn more):


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