Money to develop a Meat Chicken Operation

If you have been thinking of developing an additional source of income by processing and selling meat chickens this is the time to get the USDA to help pay for it. You must act soon.

Program Update: Due date May 11th, 2022 for applications

This grant will pay for up to 20 percent of total project costs, no minimums award amounts. If you have been planning to invest $5,000 for an on farm processing for chickens, ducks and/or any poultry you can get $1,000 if approved. I have to say they do not make it easy and you should read the entire website and watch the videos provided. Below is some information you may find helpful.

Additional Technical Assistance Resources

Learn more about Technical Assistance available to MPPEP grant applicants and grant-funded projects. Visit the Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity Technical Assistance webpage to learn more.

Find answers to frequently asked MPPEP questions in our MPPEP FAQ resource document.

What does this program do?

The Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) provides grants to help eligible processors expand their capacity. USDA Rural Development designed the MPPEP to encourage competition a

Who can apply for this program?

Sole proprietor businesses or other entities that engage – or want to engage – in meat and poultry processing.

How can funds be used?

Grant funds can be used to expand processing capacity by supporting activities such as:

  • Building new – or modernizing or expanding existing – processing facilities
  • Developing, installing, or modernizing equipment and technology
  • Ensuring compliance with packaging and labeling requirements
  • Upholding occupational and other safety requirements
  • Modifying facilities or equipment to protect food safety
  • Paying for voluntary grading services on value-added processed products
  • Offsetting costs associated with becoming an inspected facility
  • Supporting workforce recruitment, training, and retention

What is the maximum grant amount?

The maximum award amount is $25 million, or 20 percent of total project costs, whichever is less. There is no minimum award amount.

What are some other requirements?

Eligible applicants must:

What governs this program?

The MPPEP is authorized by Section 1001(b)(4) of the American Rescue Plan Act – also known as Public Law 117-2.

How do I apply?

Check the Request for Applications (RFA) at