Grant Information

For a primer on applying for USDA grants, read this article from Samantha Egolf, Ph.D.


 There are no open federal grant programs at the moment. For more information about federal grants, visit


State Grants


The Alabama Agricultural Development Authority was established in 1980 by the Alabama Legislature to promote agriculture and to finance agricultural businesses in Alabama. Currently, the AMPP (Alabama Meat Processing Program) loan program is being administered by AADA. AMPP loan applications are anticipated to open for second round of acceptance starting on April 15th.

AADA’s mission for the USDA-AMPP is to boost rural economic development by financing small business owners who are expanding or starting a slaughter or processing facility within Alabama. AADA’s end goal of the AMPP is to facilitate the start-up and expansion of small and medium-sized slaughter and processing plants. “This will positively impact everyone within the food supply chain from the farmer to the slaughter & processing facility, and the consumer, says Commissioner Rick Pate.”

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The Indiana Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP) is a $15 million revolving loan program that assists Indiana meat and poultry packers and processors with access to affordable capital for meat expansion projects. This intermediary lending program addresses critical meat expansion needs, which developed and have continued since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will support local livestock producers by allowing their market-ready livestock to be processed within their communities and help to reduce processing delays.
Meat expansion projects will add local job opportunities and tax revenues for local communities and the State of Indiana. Eligible entities include small meat processors looking to expand or entrepreneurs who would like to open a new facility.
Loan Terms:
  • 3% interest rates for scalable loans from $100,000 up to $5 million;
  • 2% interest rates for wastewater projects
  • Up to 15-year loan terms.
ISDA is working closely with the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA) to encourage local bank participation in the meat expansion revolving loans that will result in blended interest rates while preserving local bank relationships.
Eligible expenses may include, but are not limited to:
  • Purchase/upgrade of equipment, infrastructure and technology - including installation;
  • Purchase or construction of a new facility;
  • Start-up costs, working capital, fees or expenses related to meeting federal or state standards;
  • Increasing packaging and labeling capabilities
  • Pollution control and abatement including wastewater and transportation
The Indiana Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program will open for applications on April 1, 2024. For information regarding the Indiana Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program, please contact David Coates at

USDA’s Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity - Technical Assistance (MPPTA) Program ensures that participants in the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Supply Chain programs and initiatives have access to robust technical assistance (TA) to support their project development and success. The Flower Hill Institute serves as the overall Technical Assistance Coordinator for the MPPTA Program, working closely with AMS and the TA Providers to connect meat and poultry processors, USDA grant applicants, and grant-funded project managers to the resources and expertise best suited to support a project’s needs. AAMP Serves as one of the TA providers for the program. For more information, visit Flower Hill Institute at

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Samantha Egolf, Ph.D., Meat Technical Specialist, shares the Dos and Dont's of Grant Writing. (March 4, 2022)