The application period is now closed for the 2021-22 fiscal year. This is a competitive grant for Pennsylvania dairy farms only, and limited grants are available. Recipients will receive committee approval before grant awards will be made.

Are you looking to improve cow comfort, milk production per cow, or efficiency on your dairy? The Center for Dairy Excellence leverages funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide Dairy Excellence Grants to support improvement projects on the farm. If you are approved for the grant, you will receive a 50 percent match, up to a maximum matching level of $5,000.

About the Grant and How to Apply

To participate in the Dairy Excellence Grant program, farms can apply in two ways:

 A $100 application fee is required but will be reimbursed if your application is not accepted. This grant is for Pennsylvania dairy farms only.

Note: Dairy farm businesses or individuals receiving the Dairy Excellence Grant during the 2020-2021 fiscal year are not eligible to receive a Dairy Excellence Grant in this round. Those that applied for a Dairy Excellence Grant in 2020-2021 but were not accepted into the program are eligible to apply in this round.

Timeline

Application period: September 1—October 15, 2021.

Notifications: This is a competitive grant, so winning grant award recipients will be notified by November 20, 2021, with expenses/invoices due by March 15, 2022. Application fees will be refunded to those who are not awarded grants.

Types of Projects

Projects can include anything related to improving dairy farm efficiency, cow comfort, milking facilities, housing facilities, or feeding systems. The project should focus on improving milk production per cow and/or enhancing overall farm profitability and efficiency.

A few ideas of improvements include:

As part of the application, you will be required to:

  • Know your cost of production
  • Be compliant with the National FARM Program or a similar program
  • Have a Conservation and Nutrient Management Plan in place
  • List two consultants/advisors who work with your farm (ex. nutritionist, accountant, veterinarian, etc.)
  • Explain how the improvement will help your overall operation and aid in milk production per cow, efficiency and/or cow comfort

Questions?

For more information, contact Melissa Anderson at 717-636-0779 or manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.