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Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program

Rural Development

Closed November 22, 2023

The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition and sustainable growth in the U.S. meat processing sector, and to help improve supply chain resiliency.



Eligible Producers

Sole proprietor businesses or other entities that engage – or want to engage – in meat and poultry processing.

Eligible Projects

Grant funds can be used to expand processing capacity by supporting activities such as:

  • Building new – or modernizing or expanding existing – processing facilities

  • Developing, installing, or modernizing equipment and technology

  • Ensuring compliance with packaging and labeling requirements

  • Upholding occupational and other safety requirements

  • Modifying facilities or equipment to protect food safety

  • Paying for voluntary grading services on value-added processed products

  • Offsetting costs associated with becoming an inspected facility

  • Supporting workforce recruitment, training, and retention


The maximum award amount is $25 million, or 20 percent of total project costs, whichever is less. There is no minimum award amount.

Eligible applicants must also do the following:

Application Instructions

All MPPEP applications must be filed through

Please review the Application Checklist to ensure a complete MPPEP application is filed. Please review the following documents referenced in the application checklist:

All applicant entities must have a current and active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to file an MPPEP application. Register for SAM here.



November 22, 2023


Rural Development

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Updated March 22, 2024

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