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Dairy Business Innovation Alliance Announces Upcoming Grant Opportunities; John Umhoefer and John Lucey Detail

Dairy Business Innovation Alliance Announces Upcoming Grant Opportunities; John Umhoefer and John Lucey Detail


MADISON, WI
Monday, August 21st, 2023

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) has announced it will begin accepting applications on August 21 for two upcoming grant opportunities: the Dairy Business Builder Grant Program and the Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program.

John Umhoefer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association“Grant dollars provide farmers and processors with the boost they need to grow and diversify their operations, creating a stronger dairy industry and a stronger food supply chain,” said John Umhoefer, Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) Executive Director. “We’ve been thrilled by the business success of past DBIA participants, and we’re excited to see what innovation new grant awardees will spur with their projects.”

DBIA is a partnership between the WCMA and the Center for Dairy Research (CDR). The Dairy Business Builder Grant Program aims to encourage small- to medium-sized dairy farmers, entrepreneurs, and processors in the Midwest to pursue innovative projects such as dairy farm diversification, on-farm processing, value-added product creation, and efforts to market dairy products for export. Reimbursement grants of up to $100,000 each will be awarded following a competitive review process.

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance has announced it will begin accepting applications on August 21 for two upcoming grant opportunities: the Dairy Business Builder Grant Program and the Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program

As noted in the release, the Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program will welcome applications in targeted topic areas that have the potential to positively impact the dairy industry. In the upcoming grant cycle, applications will be accepted for projects related to new or expanded dairy export endeavors. Just as with its companion program, the Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program offers reimbursable grants of up to $100,000 each, to be awarded following a competitive review of all applications.

John Lucey, Director, Center for Dairy Research“It’s a difficult time in the dairy industry at the moment, and this initiative directly supports farmers and processors to create new products and reach new markets. That’s crucial as we try to build a more resilient dairy industry,” commented John Lucey, the CDR Director.

Applicants may apply for both the Dairy Business Builder Grant and the Dairy Industry Impact Grant if they have two separate projects related to DBIA goals. Companies are eligible to receive awards from both offerings in the same grant cycle. The online application forms submission deadline is October 18 at 5 p.m. Central Time. Applicants will be notified of the results in early December.

More information can be found here.

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