Prepare To Apply For Dairy Business Grants

Grow your business with a new round of Dairy Business Builder grants. The grants, administered by the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance, open on Feb. 5. Small- to medium-sized dairy farmers, manufacturers, and processors across 11 states, including Wisconsin, can apply.

The Center for Dairy Research and Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association administer the funding.

The reimbursement grants are up to $100,000 each. They aim to support recipients in diversifying on-farm activity, creating value-added products, enhancing dairy byproducts, and enhancing exports.

“These grants have helped small businesses with the support they need to grow and diversify,” says CDR Director John Lucey. “This program helps strengthen our cheese and dairy industry by supporting more value-added products and diversification.”

Application materials for the Dairy Business Builder grants will be available online:

Prospective applicants can join an informational webinar hosted by DBIA staff at 1 p.m. on Feb. 7. Applications will be due by 5 p.m. on April 4. Successful applicants will be notified by late May.

“Dairy Business Builder awards have helped kick-start growth for dairy farmers and processors all over the Midwest,” says WCMA Executive Director John Umhoefer. “These grants are ideal for any dairy business owner looking to expand and improve their business.”