This is a competitive grant program. The application period is now closed. The next round will open in the fall of 2024.

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 and the PA Dairymen’s Association 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 online or via a printed application from September 15 to October 16, 2023.

A $100 application fee is required but will be reimbursed if your application is not accepted. This grant is for Pennsylvania dairy farms only. The selection committee will award grants based on the impact the project would have on cow comfort and overall milk production, the detail in which the applicant describes what the project involves and how the project will benefit their operation, and the willingness of the applicant to provide requested information or to seek help in providing requested information.

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

  • 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
  • Optional: You can upload any additional documents, including letters of recommendation, that support your application.

Click here for tips on submitting your grant application.


Application period: The application period will be open from September 15 to October 16, 2023.

Notifications: This is a competitive grant, so winning grant award recipients will be notified by October 25, 2023 with expenses/invoices due by February 29, 2024. 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:


Dairy farm businesses or individuals receiving the Dairy Excellence Grant during the Spring 2023 round are not eligible to receive a Dairy Excellence grant in this round. Those who applied for a Dairy Excellence Grant at any point but were not accepted into the program are eligible to apply again. Those who received a Dairy Excellence Grant in the Fall of 2022 are eligible to apply again.


For more information, contact Melissa Anderson at 717-636-0779 or

Download a 2023-24 expense reimbursement form.

Click here to download a W-9 form.