Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) announced that the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program will begin taking applications today
, December 7, at 10 a.m.
“The Ohio Meat Processing Grants will provide financial support to the struggling meat processing industry,” Fedor said. “We have all seen prices increasing at the grocery store because of workforce shortages. Meat processors can use this money to invest in personnel training or automation to boost productivity, saving farmers’ time and Ohioans’ money. Toledo has some of the best meat processing facilities in the state, so I encourage all eligible businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.”
This program will provide grants of up to $250,000 to Ohio livestock and poultry producers so they can implement processing efficiencies, expand or construct facilities at existing sites, assist in training and certification and improve harvest services. Eligible applicants must own or operate a meat processing facility located in Ohio that was in operation as of July 1, 2021. The facility must provide processing services for livestock and/or poultry producers, and it must be a for-profit entity, such as a corporation, LLC, partnership, joint venture or sole proprietor. The business also must be in good standing with the Ohio Secretary of State, the Ohio Department of Taxation and any other governmental entity charged with regulating the business.
The program will be administered by the Ohio Department of Development, who will review and score applications on a first-come, first-served basis.
More information about the grant program, including terms and conditions, application instructions, and a fact sheet are available at Development.Ohio.Gov/MeatProcessing