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Technical Assistance and Grants for Midwest Dairy Farms and Businesses

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) is a partnership between the Center for Dairy Research (CDR) and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) that develops and administers programs providing technical assistance as well as grants to dairy farms and businesses in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

DBIA Grant "Helpful Hints" Webinar

March 9, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM CST

DBIA will be distributing $1 million this spring in its next grant cycle. The DBIA encourages potential grant applicants to view this webinar and/or the recording to gain a better understanding of this reimbursement grant program and to help you to submit a more competitive application. This webinar will provide you with the following:

  • DBIA Overview
  • Grant funding information
  • “Helpful hints” when writing the application
  • Eligibility
  • Q&A

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DBIA to Award $1M in Next Round of Grants

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance will be distributing $1 million this spring in its next grant cycle.

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DBIA Awards $230K in 2020 Grant Program

Applications for the DBIA 2019 grant program were made available on June 14, 2020 with a deadline of August 14, 2020. Seventy-seven applications were received for a total request of approximately $1.5 million.

The applications were scored by the DBIA project team as well as a representative from each of the five Departments of Agriculture representing IA, IL, MN, SD and WI, as well as a representative from Midwest Dairy. Grants were distributed until the fund of $230,000 was exhausted. View the list of 2020 DBIA grant recipients. Unfortunately, only $230,000 was available in this grant cycle.

There were many strong applications that were not successful in this cycle due to the limited funding. Future cycles will have significantly more funding, so DBIA strongly encourages unsuccessful applicants to apply again when the 2021 cycle opens.


Karen Nielsen

DBIA Program Coordinator



Vic Grassman

Technology Commercialization Manager


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Funding for the DBIA was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM190100XXXXG079 and grant AM200100XXXXG001. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.