Applications being accepted for Iowa’s Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Program

20 Oct 2021


The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) have opened the application window for the Butchery Innovation and Revitalization program.

The program was established and passed by the Iowa legislature during the 2021 legislative session. The program intends to strengthen Iowa’s food supply chain and rural development. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to eligible businesses, with a total of $750,000 available through the program in the current fiscal year.

Businesses applying for the grant program must meet all requirements outlined in House File 857 and in the administrative rules. Requirements include that a business must be:

  • Incorporated or authorized to do business in Iowa
  • Employ less than fifty (50) individuals
  • An establishment that holds a current license from IDALS or an establishment that documents that it is actively working with IDALS to obtain a license (per IDALS/Meat and Poultry Inspection Service, Iowa Code section 189A).

Eligible projects for the program:

  • Expanding, refurbishing, or establishing one of the following types of business:
  • State or federally-inspected small-scale meat processing
  • Licensed custom locker
  • Mobile slaughter unit
  • Renting or purchasing buildings, refrigeration facilities, freezer facilities, or equipment necessary to expand processing capacity.

The maximum amount of the grant award to a business will not exceed $50,000. The award requires a one-to-one cash match obtained from private funding sources.

The application deadline for the program is November 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information about the program or to access an application, go to the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s website.

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