Grants to Maryland livestock processors for capacity-building efforts. Funding is intended to aid individuals and businesses who are currently operating meat and livestock-processing facilities. Grants may be used to purchase livestock processing equipment and/or upgrade facilities to help increase production, with a particular focus on large animal and blue catfish processing.
Grant funds must be used to purchase livestock and meat processing equipment for USDA-inspected facilities, custom-exempt or mobile processing projects. Smaller-scale poultry processing projects may also be eligible.
Eligible applicants include individuals and businesses who currently operate livestock and meat processing enterprises in Maryland, as well as those that can start such operations by no later than July 31, 2023. These applicants can include sole proprietorships, partnerships, cooperatives, corporations, or LLCs.
Livestock processing equipment items purchased prior to April 1, 2023, are not eligible to be reimbursed using these grant funds.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2023 (electronic submissions are encouraged)
Applicants are required to pay at least 50% of eligible project costs.
Funds will be disbursed on a reimbursement basis (proof of payment required) or MARBIDCO can directly pay vendors with submission of approved invoices.
Estimated Size of Grant
Maximum Amount of Grant:
- $50,000 per project for USDA-inspected facilities
- $30,000 per project for custom-exempt or mobile processing
Term of Contract
All applicants should expect to purchase or order equipment by no later than July 31, 2023.
Send Complete Applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org (electronic submissions are encouraged) OR MARBIDCO – Livestock Proc. Equip. Grant
c/o Sierra Criste
1410 Forest Drive, Suite 21
Annapolis, MD 21403
For more information about the Maryland Livestock Processing Equipment Grant Program, contact Sierra Criste, at the above email, or by telephone at (410) 267-6807.