CARES Act Grant Funding
This has been a tough year for the agriculture community. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has allocated CARES Act funds for agricultural recovery programs. The Renewable Fuels Retailers Recovery, Meat Processing Expansion and Local Protein and Produce programs will help our farmers, renewable fuels retailers and producers, and small meat processors as they recover from this pandemic.
The Iowa Economic Development Authority is administering programs related to the Iowa Livestock Producer Relief Fund, the State Biofuel Grant Program, and the Iowa Beginning Farmer Debt Relief Fund. Producers can apply for IEDA-administered programs at iowabusinessrecovery.com beginning on Aug. 31, 2020.
Meat Processing Expansion and Development Program
Business Improvement Grant
One hundred and nine meat and poultry processors will receive grants to purchase or upgrade their equipment. These improvements must allow the facility to increase its processing capacity to accommodate the increased demands brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In some cases, these upgrades may help a custom-exempt processing plant prepare to become an official plant, or help an official plant make the upgrades necessary to qualify for the Cooperative Interstate Shipment program.
Direct Marketing Grant
Eighty-five Iowa livestock producers will receive direct marketing grants to produce marketing materials, develop services, or purchase equipment to help transition to a direct-to-consumer sales strategy. This may include developing an online sales platform or an alternative sales channel. The recipients of this grant must direct-market less than 200 livestock or 2,000 poultry per year.
Owners and/or employees of ten state-inspected and licensed meat and poultry establishments have been awarded tuition grants to participate in continuing education programs. The money must be used to enroll in an accredited meat sciences program and may be used for food safety training, like Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) certification.
If you have questions, please contact the program administrator at MeatGrants@iowaagriculture.gov.
Local Produce and Protein Program
The Local Produce and Protein Program grants help schools, colleges and universities, and early child care centers purchase more locally-grown fruits, vegetables and proteins for student meal programs. The grant program, which benefits both farmers impacted by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions and Iowa students, was funded by $750,000 of CARES Act money allocated by Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Equipment Grant for K-12 Schools
Thirty-six K-12 schools were awarded grants to purchase kitchen equipment and supplies that allow the foodservice program to serve more fresh produce and protein to students.
Local Food Grant for All Iowa Schools, Colleges, Universities & Early Care Centers
108 K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and early care centers were awarded grants to buy produce, protein, liquid and shelled eggs, and dairy products directly from local producers, food hubs, or food auctions for their foodservice programs.
Equipment Grant for Producers and Food Hubs
Iowa’s specialty crop producers and food hubs were also eligible for a portion of the Local Produce and Protein Program funding. 54 producers and distributors were awarded grants to purchase supplies and equipment needed to serve their protein and produce in schools, colleges and universities, and early care centers. Eligible purchases included refrigerated trucks, cold storage units, and boxes and packaging equipment.
Contact Tammy Stotts at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-281-7657 with any questions regarding these grants.
Iowa Renewable Fuel Retail Recovery Program
Retail Operation Grant
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) has awarded relief funds to 167 renewable fuels retail sites that suffered business interruptions or income losses due to COVID-19. Funds from the program were awarded to support 100 ethanol projects and 137 biodiesel projects. The relief funds can be used to cover expenses incurred for the construction, installation, upgrade, and retrofit of equipment associated with the sale of renewable fuels. Replacement equipment must dispense a higher percentage blend of ethanol or biodiesel (for example from E10 to E15) than the existing equipment.
Contact Paul Ovrom at email@example.com or 515-242-6239 with any questions regarding the grant program.