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

2021 Grant Program (scroll down to complete a form and download the grant application)

DBIA will be distributing $1 million this spring in its next grant cycle. Dairy enterprises (farmers, entrepreneurs, processors, etc.) in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include dairy farm diversification, the creation of “value added” dairy products and starting/increasing exports of dairy products.

Grant application is available below.

View DBIA Grant Policies and Helpful Hints (PDF)

Before you write your grant applications, we encourage you to view the DBIA “Let’s Get Started” webinars and use the recommended resources to help you write competitive grant applications.” DBIA staff expect to get a significant number of applications and encourages potential applicants to view the webinars prior to applying for a grant. The webinars share state and federal resources that can be helpful for dairy and farm businesses who wish to apply for a DBIA grant. For example, if an applicant needs help developing a business plan or a project budget, DBIA staff encourages them to contact their local Small Business Development Centers (business plans are required for the DBIA grant applications).

DBIA Grant "Helpful Hints" Webinar

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

The DBIA encourages potential applicants to join us for this free webinar to gain a better understanding of this reimbursement grant program and to help you to submit a more competitive application.

View Webinar Recording

DBIA Grant Application

Please answer the following questions to download the DBIA Grant Application.