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Colorado Move The Needle Grant

Colorado Department of Agriculture

Closed April 14, 2021

Food and agricultural processors and manufacturers have a new grant opportunity. CDA will have access to an allocation of $312,000 through the Governor's Office. Project funds are capped at $100,000, for any single award with projects to be completed by December 31, 2021.

Growth in Colorado’s food and agriculture value chain, especially relating to food processing and manufacturing, continues to be constrained by a lack of funding for business start-up and/or expansion. To mitigate this constraint, CDA will use available funds to make grants supporting the development and expansion of agricultural value-added projects.

Weaknesses in the U.S. food production and supply chain systems were revealed during the early days of the current pandemic and these grants will serve to strengthen local food systems, create greater resilience, and “move the needle” driving advancement within Colorado’s food and agriculture value chain.


Grants may be made to processors and manufacturers of Colorado agricultural products through a competitive application process administered by CDA’s Markets Division.


Funds are capped at $100,000 for each business applying. Businesses may not apply more than once.

Application Instructions

Online applications for 2021 are closed. Find updates here.


Release Date

March 17, 2021


April 14, 2021

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Updated March 26, 2024

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