Connecting, Strengthening and Scaling Food Supply Chains in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain Region

Grant Programs

Colorado Department of Agriculture

The opportunity for increasing the value of Colorado producers’ products via processing remains largely unmet. Grant funding offered through the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure (RFSI) Program is a critical support for non-meat processing and value added opportunities.

Meant for agricultural products for human consumption, the program provides funding for producers and processors to continue the development of processing infrastructure for fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes, dairy, and other non-meat products.*

By focusing on middle-of-the-supply-chain projects that benefit a number of Colorado producers, the RFSI grant program will contribute to a more resilient food system and financially stronger producers.
*Ineligible products include: meat and poultry, wild-caught seafood, exclusively animal feed and forage products, fiber, landscaping products, tobacco, or dietary supplements.

Approximate timeline
We intend to open the first phase of applications in the Spring of 2024 and accept letters of intent for approximately 60 days. Applicants invited to participate in the second phase of the application would be notified in early summer 2024. Funds would be available for use in late 2024.

Applications
The first phase of applications will ask interested applicants to submit a letter of intent, describing the proposed project.
Letters of intent can be mailed or emailed to the CDA or submitted using a Google Form during the application period. Templates for letters of intent will be available on the CDA website and linked in various promotions.
Letters will undergo a review process and only certain applicants will be invited to apply for the grant funding in the second phase of the application process.

Montana Department of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), has entered into a cooperative agreement with Montana Department of Agriculture for the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program Cooperative Agreements (RFSI). Through this agreement Montana will develop and administer coordinated initiatives to build resilience across the middle-of-the-food-supply-chain. Funds will support expanded capacity for the aggregation, processing, manufacturing, storing, transporting, wholesaling, and distribution of locally and regionally produced food products, including specialty crops, dairy, grains for human consumption, aquaculture, and other food products, excluding meat and poultry. This program is intended to provide similar support provided in other USDA funding for meat and poultry processing, but for the non-meat and poultry sectors. Montana will work in partnership with USDA to make competitive subawards to support infrastructure in the middle-of-the-supply-chain for domestic food and farm businesses and other eligible entities. Additionally, MDA will use a limited portion of funds to develop and/or strengthen the State’s supply chain coordination and targeted market development services for local and regional produced product.

Pre-Applications Due:

January 8, 2024

Contact:

(406) 444-0248

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