PA Department of Agriculture Seeking Grant Applicants for Dairy Investment Program

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has recently announced the opening of the second round of the Pennsylvania Dairy Investment Program, according to Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

This innovative program is administered jointly by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and the PA Department of Agriculture under the direction of the Commonwealth Financing Authority.

Eligible projects include those for research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing in support of Pennsylvania’s Dairy Industry. Eligible entities include businesses, schools, non-profits, and institutions of higher education. Applicants can apply for a maximum of $100,000 for research and development projects, $50,000 for organic transition projects, $50,000 for on-farm or single producer projects, $500,000 for cooperative, processing plant or multi-producer projects and $100,000 for marketing projects.  All projects require a 15 percent match of the total project cost.

“I encourage dairy-related businesses, schools, non-profits and institutions of higher education in my district to take advantage of this program,” said Senator Gordner. “These funds will allow businesses to upgrade production, marketing and distribution efforts and will provide schools and non-profit organizations the resources they need to improve the Pennsylvania dairy industry.”

A total of $5 million will be available through this program. The application period begins September 18, 2019 and will close on November 15, 2019.

To apply for funding, the applicant must submit an on-line Department of Community and Economic Development application located at: www.esa.dced.state.pa.us.  For questions or application assistance, please contact the DCED Customer Service Center by phone at (800) 379-7448 or by email at ra-dcedcbf@pa.gov.

 

CONTACT: Sean Moll, (717) 787-8928