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Missouri Value-Added Grant Program

Grants to Missouri Organizations, Businesses,
and Individuals to Develop Agricultural Businesses

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA)

Deadline Date:

04/01/20 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Missouri organizations, businesses, and individuals for projects that create and develop rural agricultural businesses. Funding is intended to foster economic development in rural communities, and for the development, marketing, and processing of new or expanded uses or technologies for agricultural products.

Applications will be considered for expenses related to the creation, development and operation of a value-added agricultural business including:

  • Feasibility studies,
  • Marketing studies,
  • Legal assistance,
  • Marketing plans,
  • Business plans,
  • Prospectus development for cooperatives, and
  • Operational consulting

Preference will be given to grant requests initiated by a group (more than one) of Missouri producers who have clear knowledge and oversight of the plan of work. Preference will also be given to innovative-type projects that do not duplicate projects or efforts already underway. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187181

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant to any person, groups of individuals, businesses or organizations related to a value-added rural agricultural business concept is $200,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant must be at least 18 years old,
- Missouri resident, and
- Applicant may be groups of individuals, businesses, and organizations related to agriculture whose proposed value-added agricultural business concept is based in Missouri

The grants cannot be used for:
- Business start-up except as detailed in program guidelines,
- Business expansion, unless qualified on the basis of program criteria,
- Paying off existing debts,
- Substituting existing efforts or research already underway,
- Covering institutional overhead costs,
- Production costs,
- Operational costs such as payroll, utilities, inventory, insurance, and advertising,
- Buying land, buildings, or equipment,
- Implementing feasibility studies, marketing studies, marketing plans, or business plans except as detailed in the program guidelines, and
- Application fee or grant writing expenses

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and are funded twice a year, in January and July.
To be considered for July, 2020 funding, applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2020.

Faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. However, the original application and application fee MUST be received by overnight delivery no later than the next business day.

A nonrefundable fee will be due with each application. The fee will be $150 for grant application requests of $25,000 or less and $300 for requests over $25,000. The application fee may be part of the applicant’s matching funds.

For funded grant requests, a MASBDA grant administration fee is due equal to ten (10) percent of the total grant awarded. The fee is due when the Grant Agreement is signed. The MASBDA grant administration fee may be included as part of the applicant’s grant request, or if paid by the applicant, may be shown as part of the applicant’s internal matching expenditures.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority
(MASBDA)
PO Box 630
1616 Missouri Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65102
573-751-2129
Fax: 573-522-2416
e-mail: masbda@mda.mo.gov

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