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Dairy Processor Grant

Grants to Wisconsin Dairy Processors
to Support and Improve Dairy Plants

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP)

Deadline Date:

12/13/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Wisconsin dairy processors for projects that enhance dairy plant facilities, business, and profitability. Preference will be given to innovative proposals that demonstrate a benefit to the industry. Funding can be used to hire consultants to address a wide range of business needs including food safety, staff training or modernization.

The DATCP Dairy Processor Grant is designed to provide access to services and resources for proposed dairy processing plant projects that enhance or develop the current business, solve an existing problem or concern at the plant, improve production or profitability, and/or help the processor innovate. Focal areas for the grant are highlighted below. Projects could include multiple aspects from the following areas.

  • Dairy plant modernization and expansion efforts to provide assistance with professional services costs related to: siting, engineering, design, layout of new facilities or production lines
  • Food safety: consulting services to help pass a food safety audit or certificate needed to meet a customer driven market requirement
  • Training of plant staff on food safety requirements, new technology, etc.
  • Assistance for related professional services and consultants: developing new processes, wastewater treatment or handling, new uses for whey, or other product or process innovations
  • Efforts to improve/enhance staff retention, training, supervisory skills, and knowledge
  • Other dairy processing projects may be considered

Eligible project expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Operating expenses, including expenses for salaries and wages, contract and consulting services, and *travel. (*all travel reimbursements must follow state rate requirements.)
  • Training costs to improve employee skills (eg. food safety, skills for operating new technology, managerial training, etc.)
  • Equipment rental
  • The purchase of supplies that the full value is ordinarily depreciable within one year and costs less than $5000 (software, etc.) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150355

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded for projects up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be awarded for up to two years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria to be deemed eligible for funding under the Dairy Processor Grant Program. An applicant must:
- Operate a licensed dairy processing plant engaged in pasteurizing, processing or manufacturing milk or dairy products that is located in Wisconsin.
- Have a project(s) that will make operational improvements, improve profitability, and/or involve a new process or innovation
- Have no outstanding state penalties or violations and be in good standing with Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions
- Employees of Wisconsin DATCP and immediate family members (i.e. mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, and children) are not eligible to receive a grant
- Entities with a current, open DATCP Dairy Processor Grant cannot apply

Ineligible expenses include:
- Real estate purchases
- Repayment of loans or mortgages
- Rent or contract payments for time periods extending beyond the term of the grant contract
- Equipment purchases, construction, or capital expenses (items whose cost is $5000 or more and depreciates over more than one year)
- Administrative or overhead costs that are not direct costs of the grant project
- Advertising expenses
- Legal fees
- Lobbying, fundraising, or other political activity
- Any costs incurred by any firm for work performed in the preparation of and production of a proposal or for any work performed prior to the formal execution of a contract

Pre-Application Information:

Application Submission Process:
- Applications must be emailed to Juli Speck by 5:00pm on Friday, December 13, 2019
- If you do not have computer access to download and complete the application, contact Juli Speck by phone.

Application and Funding Timing:
- RFP is released: September 27, 2019
- Applications due to WI DATCP: December 13, 2019
- Applications scored and selected by review committee: January 31, 2020
- Selected applications notified by WI DATCP: February, 2020
- Approval Letters Issued by WI DATCP: February, 2020
- Anticipated project start date: March 1, 2020
- All projects must conclude no later than: February 28, 2022

This is a reimbursement grant. Payments will be made following DATCP’s receipt of an invoice documenting expenses incurred by the grantee.

The dairy processor is required to provide a match of at least 20 percent of the grant amount.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Juli Speck, Grants Manager
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
(608) 224-5134

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