Value Added Producer Grants

The PREZI presentation below explains all aspects of the VAPG program. On some systems, an advertisement for Google Chrome pops up when the arrow is clicked below. NO new software is needed - if you just close the Google Chrome window, the presentation will play.

 

Alternatively, if the PREZI does not work for you, please view the training video recorded in a YouTube video.

 

Preparation Information

We recommend that you begin by completing the following steps:

1. Apply for a DUNS number - Contact Dun & Bradstreet to obtain your free DUNS number, a 9-digit identification number linked to your business and required of all applicants. You can request your number at this website or by phone at 1-866-705-5711. You will need to provide certain information.

2. Register in the System for Award Management (SAM) database - For assistance, call the Federal Service Desk at 1–866-606–8220 and press '1.' Registering in the SAM database assigns users a CAGE code, necessary for final submission of your grant.

3. Contact the USDA Rural Development (RD) office in your state - The most recent information on funding availability and applications is available through your state USDA RD Office. If requested, each office will conduct a preliminary review of any application completed in that state.

4. Visit the official VAPG website - The website provides such application materials as the application guide and the government forms that VAPG applicants must complete. 

 

Application Information

Official NOFA

VAPG Program Regulation

  • 2016 Final Rule

 

Application Toolkits

2016 VAPG Application Toolkit for Planning Grants

2016 VAPG Application Toolkit for Working Capital Grants

 

VAPG Resources - VAPG Info Sheets

 

These documents are for informational purposes only.  If interested in applying for a VAPG grant, an applicant shall follow the official instructions provided in the annual Notice of Funding Availability.

USDA eForms Center

USDA State Rural Development Offices

NSAC Farmers' Guide to Applying for Value-Added Producer Grant Funding

 

 

The guidance and documents contained herein is for informational purposes only. If interested in applying for a VAPG grant, an applicant shall follow the official instructions provided in the annual Notice of Funding Availability.