Grant Assistance

VA FAIRS assists producers and producer groups in grant applications for USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant and administration of awarded grants. Staff has assisted numerous clients over the years with successful grant applications totaling over $7,000,000 in grant funding.


Funding is a critical step in launching a new business or expanding an existing one. The inability to obtain funding can be a major obstacle to new businesses, particularly to ventures in rural areas. VA FAIRS can help clients obtain funding through grant application assistance as well as developing feasibility studies, business plans, and marketing plans, so a lender can better judge the potential of the business.


We work with clients to explore funding options, including grants and loans. We are very familiar with USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program and specialize in assisting producers interested in applying for this grant.


Note: VA FAIRS does not administer grants or funding.

Value added producer grants are awarded annually by USDA Rural Development to producers involved in value-added activities. This grant covers a multitude of industries including fresh produce, wine, beer, spirits, dairy, fish, forestry, livestock, meat processing, and more.


Value added producer grant funding can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses. Eligible planning activities include business plans, feasibility studies, and marketing plans; eligible working capital include value-added processing, packaging, labeling, and marketing expenses, credit card fees and other sales expenses, non-family labor, and more. VAPG funds cannot be used for production, land, buildings, construction, or equipment. Awards range up to $250,000. Contact us for more information on how we can help.


To get a DUNS and SAM number for VAPG applications:
Instructions for Getting  SAM and DUNS (required for VAPG Application)

Additional Grant Programs:
Local Foods Promotion Program
Farmers Market Promotion Program
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grants
Virginia Farm Business Development Program Grants

Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund (AFID)
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission Grant Programs
Rural Energy for America Program (REAP)


Other Sources of Capital:
USDA RD Business and Industry Loan
FSA Microloan Program
SBA Loans
First Bank and Trust Company
Farm Credit

Farm Bureau® Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Farm Aid

Crowdfunding through services like Indiegogo, GoFundMe, farmhand


Check out the Helpful Links page for additional valuable resources.