This page will highlight different state-level grant or loan programs that can be utilized to start new meat processing plants, upgrade existing ones, or fund other niche meat supply chain projects. Some of these are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and others are longer standing programs designed to incentivize local and regional production, processing, and marketing.
If you don’t see your state listed here, you may want to contact your state department of agriculture to see if they could start something similar. It may take a significant lobbying effort on the part of many producers and legislators, but it won’t happen unless they hear from you.
Listed in alphabetical order by state. This page will be updated regularly as new programs are added. Please note that some programs have closed and are no longer accepting new applicants.
New York: The Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program works to establish new meat processing facilities or expand existing facilities in New York. The program is intended to improve the availability of affordable protein sources in the state.
The new grant program is funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and administered by the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp. (HVADC).
Capital projects are eligible for reimbursement between $50,000 to $250,000. Grants less than $100,000 require a 10% recipient match, and those over $100,000 require a 20% recipient match.
HVADC is accepting applications through June 21.