Up to $10,000,000 in grants are available for U.S. meat processing sector!

The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) offers grants to eligible processors to expand their processing capacity, creating enhanced options for meat and poultry producers. The program, designed by USDA Rural Development, aims to stimulate competition, sustainable growth, and supply chain resilience within the U.S. meat processing sector.

Funding Overview

  • The maximum funding amount a successful applicant can receive is $10,000,000 or 30% of total project costs, whichever is lower.
  • For projects involving both construction and equipment, the minimum grant is $250,000.
  • For projects focused solely on equipment purchases, the minimum grant is $5,000,000.
Eligibility Requirements

The MPPEP is accessible to both for-profit enterprises and other types of businesses and organizations that are involved or have plans to be involved, in the field of meat and poultry processing. 

  • Private entities (independently owned and operated)
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Tribal entities
  • Cooperatives
  • State or local governments
  • Other qualifying entities
    (Note: All entities must be domestically owned and operate within the U.S. or its territories.) 

Eligible Activities

Expenses for equipment and associated costs of:

  • Building, Modernizing, or Expanding Processing Facilities: 
    • Support the construction, renovation, or expansion of processing facilities, including mobile slaughter units.
  • Developing, Installing, or Modernizing Equipment and Technology:
    • Enhance equipment and technology to improve automation, efficiency, and processing quality.
  • Ensuring Compliance with Packaging and Labeling Requirements: 
    • Assist in meeting packaging and labeling standards through necessary equipment and processes.
  • Modifying Facilities or Equipment for Food Safety: 
    • Make adjustments to ensure strict adherence to food safety protocols.
  • Upholding Occupational and Safety Standards:
    • Improve facility safety by providing safety gear and implementing protocols.
  • Offsetting Costs Related to Becoming an Inspected Facility:
    • Help cover fees for obtaining inspection certifications.
  • Staffing or Operational Expenses Tied to the Project:
    • Cover project-related staffing and operational costs.
  • Workforce Recruitment, Training, and Retention:
    • Aid in hiring, training, and retaining a skilled workforce for expanded operations.
November 22, 2023.

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