Value Added Agriculture Grant Deadline Approaching

Release Date: 

02/28/2011

Contact(s): 

Wyatt Fraas, Center for Rural Affairs, wyattf@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 254-6893
Lyons, NE - The Nebraska Department of Economic Development has announced that April 7 is the deadline for submitting applications for the next round of grants available through the Value Added Act (VAA) grant program. This program provides grant funds for business development to farmers, ranchers, other agricultural businesses, communities, and other organizations that add value to basic agricultural products.
The Department is offering to review project ideas for applicants to this popular program. This process involves submitting one copy of the completed pre-application by Friday, March 18, 2011.  These can then be revised and submitted by the final application deadline of Friday, April 7, 2011, along with the required number of additional copies.

According to Wyatt Fraas, Rural Opportunities and Stewardship Program Assistant Director at the Center for Rural Affairs, "Final applications going through the pre-application process will receive helpful feedback plus 10 bonus scoring points.  It's important to note, however, that submitting a pre-application doesn't guarantee funding." 

The grants are for Nebraskans and designed to support collaborative development among farmers and ranchers; the start-up and growth of value-added agricultural enterprises; and growth of rural communities and regions.  The maximum grant request is $75,000. Matching funds of 25% are required.

“Any farmer or rancher needing planning or working capital funds to move their value-added ideas forward should check out the State of Nebraska's Value-Added Agriculture grant,” commented Fraas. “Individuals interested in applying for a grant should not hesitate as the deadline is quickly approaching and the process will take some work.”

For more information on the VAA Grant and how to apply, visit: www.neded.org/content/view/374/555/.  Or contact Wyatt Fraas at (402) 254-6893, or wyattf@cfra.org.

Visit: www.cfra.org for more information.