From: Heather Friedrich <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM
Subject: 2017 USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Funding Cycle Announced
To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>, "ARSAWG@LISTSERV.UARK.EDU" <ARSAWG@listserv.uark.edu>
VAPG is one of the few USDA competitive grant programs in which growers are eligible. See below and attached for more details.
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Subject: 2017 Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) Funding Cycle
To all of those who may be interested in the announcement of the 2017 Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program:
USDA published a Notice in the 8/29/17 Federal Register inviting VAPG applications for fiscal year 2017. Approximately $18 million is available for this nationally competitive program. Please note that as further described in the Notice, additional funding may be added to this application cycle should fiscal year 2018 VAPG funding become available. Should that happen, there wouldn’t likely be a separate fiscal year 2018 application cycle.
The deadline for submitting VAPG applications is January 31, 2018 for paper applications or January 24, 2018 for applications submitted via www.grants.gov. Applications may be mailed, submitted online via www.grants.gov, or delivered to the USDA Rural Development State Office in Champaign by hand. Emailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. Applications and information submitted after the application deadline will not be considered.
To assist you in preparing your application, our National Office has developed application packages for planning and working capital grants that can be downloaded from the main VAPG website shown below. These “application toolkits” have been revised since last year, so please be sure to use the 2017 versions (which should be available on the website by the end of the day). Please note the use of this application package/template is not required, but is highly recommended. This website also has general VAPG program information sheets available as well as information sheets for specific types of projects. I have also attached a “VAPG Fact Sheet” that we’ve developed in IL that contains a lot of useful general program information. Please note that these information/fact sheets should not be read in lieu of the Federal Register Notice and VAPG regulation (RD Instruction 4284-J). These documents are meant to be quick references with basic program information, thus they should not be your only source of VAPG information.
Below are helpful websites for this program including websites that can be visited to find the Federal Register publication and VAPG Program Regulation. A PDF version of the NOFA is attached for your convenience.
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