Program Description

The VAPG program helps 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 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.

General Program Requirements

Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, and some inventory and salary expenses.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov. Please visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/value-added-producer-grants for more information about the program's application process.

Loans are made to cooperatives, corporations, states, territories, subdivisions, municipalities, utility districts and non-profit organizations.

Program details may change over time. Before you begin an application, please confirm you have the most current information by contacting a General Field Representative (GFR) who serves your area for assistance or consult the program instructions.

Program Contact Information

Shantelle Gordon
Management and Program Analyst
Shantelle.Gordon@wdc.usda.gov
202-720-1394

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number10.352
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Length of ProgramUp to 3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Other non-tribal/non-native entities
Tribes Funded by this ProgramVaries; approximately 5 per year

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