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Value Added Producer Grants in South Dakota

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Paper Applications were due May 2, 2022 Electronic applications were due April 25, 2022.


What does this program do?
The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter value-added activities to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.

You may receive priority if you are:

  • Beginning farmer or rancher.
  • Socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher.
  • Small or medium-sized farm.
  • Ranch structured as a family farm.
  • Farmer or rancher cooperative.
  • Proposing a mid-tier value chain.

Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

VAPG is part of the Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) which is an umbrella program created under the 2018 Farm Bill.  Producers can find other grant funding opportunities at the LAMP web page.

Program Funding: Total available funding is $19.75 million.  Of this amount, COVID–19 relief funds constitute $2.75 million rolled over from the FY 2021 appropriations. The other $17 million comes from the FY 2018 Farm Bill and recovered funds.

Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants: $250,000.

Matching Funds Requirements: The $2.75 million in COVID–19 relief funds may include a reduced cost share match requirement of 10 percent of the grant amount. The other available funds have a statutory cost share match requirement of 100 percent of the grant amount.

Who may apply for this program?
Independent producers, agricultural producer groups, farmer- or rancher-cooperatives, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures, as defined in the program regulation, are eligible to apply for this program.

How may funds be used?
Grant and matching funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. Examples of planning activities include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Examples of working capital expenses include:

  • Processing costs.
  • Marketing and advertising expenses.
  • Some inventory and salary expenses.

How do I get started?

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the materials, including application deadlines found in the Federal Register.  See the To Apply tab for guidance and important Preliminary Actions Required.  

Who can answer questions?
If you have questions, you can contact your nearest Rural Development Office.

Will I need to send any reports if I receive a grant?
Yes, if you receive a grant, you must send regular financial and performance reports. Your financial assistance agreement will explain how often to send the reports, what forms to use, and what information to put in the reports.

Where can I get more information?

The VAPG program has a regulation. It contains details about the program’s purpose, how to use grant funds, application requirements, and the selection process. Remember to read the Federal Register notice to get all the details about how to apply.

What law governs this program?

The VAPG program is authorized under section 231 of the Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106-224), as amended by section 6203 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018.

 NOTE: Because citations and other information may be subject to change, please always consult the program instructions listed in the section above titled “What law governs this program?” You may also contact your local office for assistance.

Resources

Rural Business Newsletters

Spring 2019
Winter 2019
Fall 2018
Summer 2018
Spring 2018
 

Please ensure that your state is selected in the dropdown menu above to contact your local Business Programs Specialist. Speak to a Business Programs Specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you valuable time in the process.

Preliminary Actions Required

It’s a good idea to start the registration process at least a month before any application deadline. To complete an application for this program, you must be pre-registered with the System for Award Management (SAM). The SAM application process is free, but it can take time so be sure to get this taken care of right away. If you are already registered with SAM, you do not need to do it again, ensure your registration remains active.

Before you start the SAM registration process, we suggest reading through the HELP materials available on the SAM website. After you create your account you can register your organization. If applicable, please make a note of your CAGE (Commercial and Government Entity) code and expiration date. Please note your Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number because you will need it for your application.

Please read the Federal Register notice for the details on how to apply. Applicants should put together the required information at least a month before the application deadline. The extra time allows collection of required materials such as letters of commitment or support from organizations, a work plan and budget, and other information. 

Application Toolkits

  • Application Planning Toolkit [docx]
  • Application Working Capital Toolkit  [docx]

Application toolkits can be accessed through Grants.gov.

Required Forms:

VAPG Information

  • Harvester Applicants [PDF]
  • Locally Produced Food [PDF]
  • Mid-Tier Value Chains [PDF]
  • Anaerobic Digesters [PDF]

 

 

There are no additional requirements at the national level. 

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 South Dakota Rural Business-Cooperative Programs Contact Map

SD RBS Map

Grant Konechne, Rural Business and Cooperative Programs Director
200 4
th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD 57350
Phone: (605) 352-1108
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Wyatt Stevens, Specialist
200 4th St SW Federal Building, Rm. 210
Huron, SD 57350
Serving: Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Clark, Codington,
Day, Deuel, Edmunds, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hyde, Kingsbury,
Marshall, McPherson, Roberts, and Spink Counties.
Phone: (605) 352-1111
Facsimile:  855-262-1940

Lance Lockwood, Specialist
414 East Stumer Road, Suite 200
Rapid City, SD  57701
Serving: Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Harding,
Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Oglala Lakota, Perkins,
and Pennington Counties.
Phone: (605) 858-6681
Fax: (855) 262-1943

Clark Guthmiller, Specialist
1717 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 102
Pierre, SD  57501
Serving: Campbell, Corson, Dewey, Haakon, Hughes,
Jones, Lyman, Mellette, Potter, Stanley, Sully, Todd,
Tripp, Walworth and Ziebach Counties.
Phone: (605) 301-3409
Fax: (855) 262-1942

Cayla Holleman, Specialist
1820 North Kimball, Suite C
Mitchell, SD  57301
Serving: Aurora, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Davison,
Douglas, Gregory, Hanson,, Jerauld, and Sanborn, Counties.
Phone: (605) 299-3357
Fax: (855) 262-1941

Tyler Hinrichs, Specialist
2408 East Benson Road
Sioux Falls, SD  57104
Serving: Bon Homme, Clay, Hutchinson, Lake, Lincoln,
McCook, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Turner, Union, and
Yankton Counties.
Phone: (605) 937-4770
Fax: (855) 262-1944

Carolyn Bloodgood, Technician
200 4th Street SW, Federal Bldg. Rm. 210
Huron, SD  57350
Phone: (605) 352-1144
Fax: (855) 262-1940

Peggy Ryan, Loan Technician
1717 North Lincoln Avenue
Suite 102
Pierre, SD  57501
Phone: (605) 301-3407
Fax: (855) 262-1942

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