DATCP Dairy Processor Grants Now Available

(Wisconsin) The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is inviting state dairy processors to apply for dairy processor grants. The grants aim to foster innovation, improve profitability, and sustain the long-term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy processing facilities. Eligible applicants must operate a licensed dairy processing plant in Wisconsin that is engaged in pasteurizing, processing, or manufacturing milk or dairy products. Projects must increase harvest capacity or production. Funding from these grants can be used to address a wide range of dairy business needs such as food safety, staff training, plant expansion or modernization, and professional consulting services. Grants will be awarded for projects up to $50,000 and two years in duration. Processors are required to provide a match of 20 percent of the grant amount. Recipients will be chosen through a competitive selection process. Applications are due to DATCP Grants Manager Ryan Dunn at [email protected] by 5pm on Friday, January 7th, 2022. Grant recipients will be announced in February 2022. The grant application is available at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/DairyDevelopment.aspx