As part of a USDA AMS grant focused on Value-Added Dairy Businesses in Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina, we provide subawards to current and prospective value-added dairy businesses across the three states. The most recent grant application period closed October 1, 2021. More opportunities for grant funding through the SDBII program will be announced in the near future. The information below provides details on who is eligible to apply for funding through the SDBII and what projects can receive funding.
In the most recent round of subaward funding, applicants in the three states had the opportunity to submit project proposals for up to $500,000. The program supports projects of many sizes, see below for information on some of the projects that have been funded so far by the SDBII. If you have any questions, please contact one of the state coordinators listed below.
The following conditions MUST be met to be eligible to apply for funding through the Southeast Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives program. Initiatives must meet the following three goals:
- Diversify dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher value uses for dairy products;
- Promote business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation; and
- Encourage the use of regional milk production.
This subaward program (direct-to-business grants) is intended for existing or prospective dairy businesses. Dairy Businesses are those that that develop, produce, market, or distribute dairy products.
Subawards will only be made to prospective or current dairy businesses. Successful applications must focus on one or more of the following areas.
- Modernization, specialization, and grazing transition on dairy farms
- Value chain and commodity innovation and facility and process updates for dairy processors
- Dairy product development, packaging, and marketing
Southeast DBII Grant
The SDBII subaward application period is currently CLOSED. See below for grant application documents from previous funding rounds. Check back for information on future funding opportunities.
State Program Contacts
Shep Stearns (865) 974-0991
Liz Eckelkamp (865) 974-8167
Jennifer Hickerson (859) 516-2458
Brittany Whitmire (828) 577-8598
Stephanie Ward (919) 515-4015