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DBIA Announces 2021 Dairy Industry Impact Grant Recipients

In November 2021, the Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) announced the four companies and cooperatives which, via a competitive review process, have been selected to receive grants totaling over $600,000 to develop an innovative idea or tackle a challenge with the potential to advance the dairy industry.

DBIA Grant Program

The Dairy Business Innovation Alliance (DBIA) distributes grants to dairy based farms and processors in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Dairy Business Builder Grant Program: Upcoming

The DBIA supports program participants in achieving the following goals: 1) dairy farm diversification through dairy product development, specialization, packaging and/or marketing strategies; 2) creation of value-added dairy products; 3) enhance the value of a dairy commodity or by-product through product development or alternate use; and/or 4) creation or expansion of a program for exporting dairy products.

More details and application instructions will follow. We recommend that all applicants view the DBIA Webinar series in advance of preparing their application. Click here to go to the DBIA Webinars page and get started.

Application and Funding Timetable:

  • Application materials available February 1, 2022
  • Applications due March 31, 2022 (5PM CT)
  • Proposals scored and selected on or before May 2, 2022
  • Applicants notified on or before May 12, 2022

Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program: Applications Closed

DBIA is seeking to support dairy product manufacturers that want help developing an innovative idea or tackling a challenge with the potential to advance the dairy industry. DBIA will distribute up to $1 million in reimbursable grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.

Dairy Industry Impact Grant Program Policies and Application: Please complete this short form to access the grant policies and application.

Application and Funding Timetable:

  • Initial abstracts due July 23, 2021 (5PM CT)
  • Abstracts reviewed and selected by July 30, 2021
  • Applicants notified by August 3, 2021
  • Full proposal due on or before September 30, 2021
  • Proposals scored and selected on or before October 15, 2021
  • Applicants notified on or before October 25, 2021

Previous DBIA Grant Recipients

In June 2021, DBIA announced the 25 companies and cooperatives which were selected to receive grants totaling more than $1 million.

In September 2020, in its first grant cycle, DBIA awarded $230K to farms and processors in all five DBIA states.