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Northeast Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

Closed June 8, 2023

The Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center (NE-DBIC) announces the availability of funds through the Dairy Marketing and Branding Services Grant Program, which will provide grants for established value-added dairy processors and producer associations to access professional marketing and branding services to elevate value-added dairy businesses. Projects funded by this grant will increase the exposure and promotion of regionally produced dairy products guided by marketing/branding professionals. Funded projects will increase consumer awareness of products, develop market channels and distribution opportunities to increase product placement, support innovative strategies to increase consumption, and/or increase business revenues.

Additionally, up to 25% of the grant funds may be used to implement the strategy and/or content developed by the contractor.

Awards will range from $10,000 - $50,000 with a match requirement of 25%. 



This application is open to applicants from all Northeast states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Applicants must be one of the following:

  1. Dairy processors that transform raw milk sourced from the Northeast region into an edible product and are: 

    • licensed dairy processor in compliance with all required state and/or federal standards, as required for the sales outlets reached during the timeframe of this project; and

    • headquartered or based in the Northeast; and

    • if a value-added processor, products are manufactured within the Northeast.

  2. Dairy producer association/dairy council which represents and promotes dairy products and dairy businesses of the Northeast.


Awards will range from $10,000 - $50,000 with a match requirement of 25%. 

Application Instructions

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Review the full 2023 Dairy Marketing & Branding Services Grant RFA (request for applications) for the complete details on eligible projects/applicants and the application process.

  2. Register in WebGrants (may take up to two business days).

  3. Complete your application in WebGrants using VAAFM's Application Guide.** Deadline to apply: June 8 at 2:00 PM ET.**


Release Date

April 27, 2023


June 8, 2023

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Updated March 18, 2024

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