Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program

The summary for the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Rural Business Cooperative Service, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Rural Development (RD) Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBCS or Agency), requests applications for the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP). MPPEP is authorized under Section 1001(b)(4) of the American Rescue Plan Act, which provides funding for “loans and grants and other assistance to maintain and improve food and agricultural supply chain resiliency.” Pursuant to this authority, USDA is making grant funding available to meat and poultry processors for start-up and expansion. This will promote competition and give more and better options to producers by increasing meat and poultry processing capacity. Separately, USDA is using the same authority to increase available capital through loan guarantees and intermediary relending. The grants in MPPEP can finance no more than $25M or 20% of the project costs and requires the grantee to demonstrate committed project financing. USDA is also making available funding for technical assistance through providers who are experts in the fields of meat and poultry processing, and business planning. Information on technical assistance providers will be included, as available, on the MPPEP website. Applicants that are nationally dominant in beef, pork, chicken, or turkey processing are ineligible; for the purpose of this RFA, nationally dominant is characterized as holding a market share greater than or equal to the entity that holds the fourth largest share of the market for any of the listed species.
Federal Grant Title: Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program
Federal Agency Name: Rural Business Cooperative Service (USDA-RBCS)
Grant Categories: Agriculture
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: RD-RBS-22-01-MPPEP
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 10.381
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: May 11th, 2022
Original Application Deadline: May 11th, 2022
Posted Date: February 25th, 2022
Creation Date: February 25th, 2022
Archive Date: May 31st, 2022
Total Program Funding: $150,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $25,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards: 15
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: April 11th, 2022
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification.)
Additional Information on Eligibility
Eligible applicants for the MPPEP grants include an individual, sole proprietor business or other business entities (regardless of legal structure) engaged or proposing to engage in meat and poultry processing, including federally recognized Tribes and tribal entities, for-profit entities, non-profit entities, and State or local government entities. Applicants must engage or propose to engage in slaughter and/or further processing with plans to operate under USDA, tribal or state-equivalent inspection. Private entities must be independently owned and operated, and all entities must be domestically owned. Additionally, applicants' meat and poultry processing facilities must be physically located and operated in the United States (U.S.) or its territories.
Link to Full Grant Announcement
Program Web Site
Grant Announcement Contact
Please visit the MPPEP Website: and select the Contact Tab to access the “MPPEP Ask a Question Form”.
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