Farm Infrastructure Improvement Grant -Open


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. The Farm Infrastructure Improvement Grant Application Period was open from is currently open and will close March 1, 2024, at 5:00pm ET. The Request for Proposal (RFP), Budget Form, Application Scoring Rubric, Allowable Cost List from the USDA, and Application Portal link are all available below. A recorded information session on both SDBII Farm Grants can be viewed at the bottom of this page along with the session presentation file.

Grant Workbook Components


The Farm Infrastructure Improvement Grant Request for Proposals, 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: sdbiigrants@utk.edu

Kentucky, Arkansas, Virginia, & West Virginia
Jennifer Hickerson: j.hickersonkddc@gmail.com

North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, & Mississippi
Brittany Whitmire & Stephanie Ward: ncdairyextension@ncsu.edu


Additional Resources:

Application Portal


Begin Application Here

You can use the document above to draft your grant narrative. Once the narrative is complete you may transfer the answers to the grant portal by copying and pasting into the appropriate space in the form.

SDBII Dairy Farm Grant Information Session 2024




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