Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives

Program Updates

The DBI application period is closed. For any questions related to DBI, contact IPPGrants@usda.gov

Program Purpose

The Dairy Business Innovation (DBI) Initiatives support dairy businesses in the development, production, marketing, and distribution of dairy products. DBI Initiatives provide direct technical assistance and subawards to dairy businesses, including niche dairy products, such as specialty cheese, or dairy products derived from the milk of a dairy animal, including cow, sheep, and goat milk.

These initiatives, eligible entities that host this program, specifically focus on:

  • Diversifying dairy product markets to reduce risk and develop higher value uses for dairy products.
  • Promoting business development that diversifies farmer income through processing and marketing innovation.
  • Encouraging the use of regional milk production.

Project Types

DBI Initiatives provide direct technical assistance to dairy businesses directly or through industry experts or research institutions.  Assistance may include business consulting, strategic planning, marketing, product innovation and development, distribution, etc.

A 50 percent of the initiative’s funds should be use for subawards. Subawards are to be focused on modernization, specialization, and grazing of dairy farms, value chain and commodity innovations, and product development, packaging, and marketing of dairy products.   

Available Funding

Approximately $23 million will be available to fund DBI projects.


Eligible applicants include the four initiatives competitively selected to fulfill the purpose of the program, which include the:

Cost Sharing or Matching

No federal cost sharing or matching requirement.

Funded projects

For more information, go to the DBI Awarded Grants webpage.

Additional Resources