Beginning Processor Grant – Currently Closed

The Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (SDBII), with support from USDA AMS, offers grants to dairy businesses in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Puerto Rico. The program provides grant awards to revitalize and spur innovation in the dairy industry across the Southeast. Currently the Beginning Processor Grant is closed (previous application period closed November 1, 2022 at 5:00pm ET). A Request for Proposals (RFP) and application for the Beginning Processor are available to download as resources. This grant will reopen in the summer of 2023.

Grant Workbook Components

The Beginning Processor Grant Request for Proposals, Application, and Budget Form are available below. Read the Request for Proposal IN FULL before starting your application.

Those considering applying for an SDBII grant should start the process of obtaining a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) as soon as possible. Award recipients will be required to provide a UEI before the grant contract can be executed. Wait times are currently several weeks long. Register at SAM.GOV

Program Contacts

Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, & Puerto Rico
Shep Stearns & Liz Eckelkamp:

Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, & West Virginia
Jennifer Hickerson:

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Mississippi
Brittany Whitmire & Stephanie Ward:

SDBII Dairy Processing Grants Information Session 2022

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