Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Program in Oregon

The VAPG program provides 50-percent matching grants to farmers, ranchers, foresters, and fishers for either planning or working capital purposes to implement value-added ventures, i.e. marketing or processing that add value to the commodities they produce, as well as for some types of on-farm renewable energy generation projects. The goal of the program is to help agricultural producers generate new products, expand market opportunities, and increase their income from the commodities they produce.

Announcements

USDA Rural Development is currently accepting VAPG applications.

Applications must be received by February 24, 2014. You must submit your application by February 24,2014 or it will not be considered for funding that may be announced in a subsequent notice. Paper applications must be postmarked and mailed, shipped or sent overnight by this date. You may also hand carry your application to one of our field offices, but it must be received by close of business on the deadline date. Electronic applications are permitted via http://www.grants.gov only, and must be received before midnight Eastern Time on this date. Late applicationsa are not eligible for grant funding under this Notice. Approximately $10.5 million in 2013 funding is available nationwide. Additional funds from the 2014 appropriations process will also be made availalbe to projects that apply under this funding Notice. Maximum grant awards have changed to $75,000 for Planning and $200,000 for Working Capital. Updated Application Tool Kits for both Planning and Working Capital projects have been posted below. (posted 11/25/2013)

Recorded Oregon VAPG Applicant Webinars and Materials NEW!

The Jan. 16 applicant webinar (Oregon) covering program purposes and priorities, eligibility, and use of funds has been recorded and can be viewed at https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=4ipw1m. (If you do not have Flash, you wil be prompted to install it before viewing.) For additional instructions on playback, click here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/help/ArchivePlaybackInfo.html. To download the PowerPoint presentation only (without the recorded audio and interactive webinar content), click here: OR VAPG Webinar - January 16 (PPT 1.53 MB)

The Jan. 17 applicant webinar (Oregon) covering the application template, forms, and scoring criteria has been recorded and can be viewed at https://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=2216o7. (If you do not have Flash, you wil be prompted to install it before viewing.) For additional instructions on playback, click here: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/help/ArchivePlaybackInfo.html.

Program Information

Application Information & Tools

Reimbursement Request forms specific to VAPG

Regulations

Oregon VAPG Contacts

Martin Zone, VAPG Coordinator
(503) 414-3361
martin.zone@or.usda.gov

Lisa Siesennop
Business & Cooperative Program Director
(503)414-3367
lisa.siesennop@or.usda.gov

Additional resources

Click here to sign up for "Value Added Producer Grant Notices" and other e-mail alerts for USDA Rural Development programs in Oregon.

 

 

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