Local Meat Capacity Grant (Local MCap)

AMS requests applications for the fiscal year 2023 Local Meat Capacity Grants (Local MCap). This program supports independently owned meat and poultry processing businesses with funds to provide more and better processing options for local livestock producers by modernizing, increasing, diversifying and decentralizing meat and poultry processing capacity, including support for rendering. Approximately $75 million is available under this grant program, subject to appropriations and funds availability.

Processing Expansion Projects will fund grants from $100,000 up to $5 million to increase the processing and/or rendering capacity of privately, cooperatively, non-profit, or Tribally held processing facilities as described in this RFA. 

Simplified Equipment-Only Projects offer a simplified application to fund smaller grants between $10,000 and $250,000 for equipment purchases for meat and poultry processors. 

Examples of Processing Expansion Projects include but are not limited to: 

  • Expanding processing capacities to increase production volumes, process additional meat and poultry species, or add new value-added product  types;  
  • Upgrading processing and manufacturing equipment;  
  • Increasing packaging and labeling capacity; 
  • Increasing cold storage capacity;
  • Improving slaughter and humane handling infrastructure; 
  • Installation of holding pens or wastewater management systems, or other improvements that do not require breaking new ground or constructing new facilities. 

Examples of Simplified Equipment Projects include but are not limited to:  

  • Smokers 
  • Sausage makers  
  • Breaders 

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