Team Program Grants

Using a team approach to provide greater insight into your business’s decision-making process can lead to improved profitability, enhanced performance and future opportunities. It can also smooth the road for transition to the next generation or transformation into a new business model. The Center for Dairy Excellence leverages funds provided through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide grants to individual farms to establish either a Dairy Profit, Transition or Transformation Team.

To participate in one of the programs, farms must complete an application. A demonstrated in-kind or financial match for all team grant reimbursements is required. To review additional program guidelines outlined for the 2018-19 Fiscal Year, click here. A $100 application fee is required for all On-Farm Resource Programs.

  • Dairy Profit Teams: Dairy farms with existing profit teams or that establish a new profit team to work in an advisory role for the farm can receive up to $2,000 in reimbursements for paid team members and discovery-related costs. Profit teams typically consist of the farm’s most trusted advisors, with a facilitator designated to coordinate the meetings and work flow.*
  • Dairy Transition Teams: This grant is designed to help the farm establish a team to develop a transition or succession plan. Farms can apply to receive up to $3,000 in funding, which could cover the cost of paid team members, discovery-related costs and lawyer expenses.*
  • Dairy Transformation Teams: New with the expanded program, the Transformation Team option allows producers considering a major business transformation to apply to receive up to $5,000 to establish a team to help plan and work through that transformation. The grant may also include additional funding if the farm’s plan involves a renewable energy component.

The Center partners with the Penn State Extension Dairy Team, University of Pennsylvania and private industry to provide resources and expertise to farms involved in the On-Farm Team Program.

2019-20 On-Farm Resource Team Applications Coming Soon. All expenses must be submitted using an expense reimbursement form and be accompanied by meeting minutes.

For more information about the 2018-19 On-Farm Resource Team Programs, please contact Melissa Anderson at 717-346-0849 or