Expanded SDBII Funding Now Available for All Dairies

Posted On February 21, 2023— Written By
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The grant application period is now open for two new grant opportunities through the Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiative (SDBII). This is not limited to value-added operations; dairy farms are eligible!

An information session was held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST via Zoom and the recording is available. This will provide a solid overview of the program, including a discussion of what is allowable, how to be competitive, etc. Slides from that presentation are also available.

The Farm Infrastructure Improvement Grant will provide funds for projects that increase milking parlor throughput to reduce labor costs, improve animal comfort to increase production, and facilitate milk marketing efficiencies by expanding storage and ease of transportation of raw milk. Applicants can apply for up to $100,000.00 in reimbursable funds through this grant program. $3.2MM in award funding will be available in this category and around 32 grant awards will be funded under this call. Applicants must provide a cash match of 25% on eligible expenses. Find more information on eligibility and how to apply.

The Precision Technology Investment Grant will support the utilization of new and existing technologies that help farmers track and manage key farm metrics to maximize the impact of inputs like labor, feed, and fertilizer and improve farm efficiency. Applicants may apply for up to $200,000.00 in funding from this grant program. $2.13MM in award funding will be available in this category and at least 10 grant awards will be made. Applicants must provide a cash match of 25% of eligible project expenses. Find more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Applicants may apply to either the Precision Technology and Management Grant or the Farm Infrastructure Improvement Grant in a calendar year, but not bothBoth grants are due 5:00 p.m. EST on June 2, 2023.