NEVADA, IOWA – Small-scale meat processors seeking support through Iowa’s Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund can now apply for grant funding. The first step in the application process—a pre-application assessment—is due Nov. 28.
Administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund will provide grants for processors to expand, refurbish, or establish a state or federally inspected small-scale meat processing facility, licensed custom locker, or mobile slaughter unit. Grants can also be used to rent or purchase buildings, refrigeration, or freezer facilities or equipment needed to expand capacity.
After completing the pre-application assessment and receiving any feedback, processors can submit full applications between Nov. 1 and noon on Dec. 21.
Established in 2021, the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund awarded grants to 15 small businesses across the state in its first year. Earlier this year, Iowa lawmakers approved $1 million in funding for the program’s second year. Grants will be funded up to $100,000, and businesses must demonstrate the ability to provide matching funds from private sources.
Johnathan Hladik, policy director for the Center for Rural Affairs, commends the state for its continued commitment to Iowa’s small meat processors.
“Local lockers play an essential role for livestock producers, consumers, and local economies,” Hladik said. “The COVID-19 pandemic tested and challenged both processors and producers across Iowa. This program will give processors the tools they need to grow their businesses, create jobs, and increase activity on our main streets.”
To apply, a processor must meet the following requirements:
- Be incorporated or authorized to do business in Iowa.
- Employ less than 50 individuals.
- Be an establishment that holds a current license from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) or an establishment that documents it is actively working with IDALS to obtain a license.
The assessment form and additional information on the program and application process can be found at iowaeda.com/grow/butchery-innovation-revitalization.