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Value Added Producer Grants Are Now Open

The USDA has recently opened their Value-Added Producers Grant. This grant helps value-added producers create new products, new marketing opportunities, and increased income.


The planning grant can be used to pay a qualified consultant and get support in developing a business plan, marketing plan or feasibility study. The working capital grant may be used to pay employees’ salaries, purchase raw commodity inventory, or pay for marketing campaigns.


This grant requires a cost-share match of 100% of the grant amount. The grant closes on May 11th, and CAIC has a dedicated grant writer who can help interested parties plan and write the grant. Please visit this link to understand the eligibility requirements. MARBIDCO has announced that they will be supporting with 15% match although their applications close on May 1st.


If you are currently growing an agricultural product and using it to create a value-added product or if you’re considering using your raw commodity to create a new value-added product, you will qualify. Just reply to this email or submit an application form and someone from our team will reach out to you.


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Mini-Grants up to $5,000 are available for:
– Market Research and Validation of Target Market
– Customer Acquisition
– Product Development Initiatives
– Food Safety Classes
Value-added producers and companies with traction ($20,000 or more in yearly revenue) in Maryland and Delaware are eligible to apply for Mini-Grants. Participants may apply once for each of the categories. Applicants must demonstrate that they have a unique and differentiated product or service that incorporates an aspect of innovation or technology in its production, processing, distribution, or other element of the food supply system.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Award decisions will be made and funds will be available no later than three weeks following the receipt of a completed application.
Application Process
Applicants must submit Mini-Grant proposals by filling out the form at this link. Copy(ies) of quote(s), proposal(s), estimate(s), or any other supporting documents.


CAIC offers access to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who can offer authoritative advice based on their deep knowledge and experience in a specific area. See the ADVISORS page of this Web site to learn more about the SMEs who are available to CAIC participants.

Date and Time of Session: Wednesday, October 20th; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Course Description: This presentation discusses strategies for B2B (business-to-business) and B2C (business-to-consumer) growth via marketing and sales. The presentation focuses on each company’s plans to diversify its revenue streams by using e-commerce, exporting, and overall customer acquisition tactics to support and enhance brand awareness.
Desired Prerequisite Knowledge and Experience of Attendees: There are no prerequisites for this Virtual Presentation.
Criteria for Acceptance into the Virtual Presentation: Attendees need to have a product-based business; this is not suited for technology and/or app companies.