Grants are available from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to promote and market livestock in order to foster growth within the industry. Educational programs, livestock shows and exhibitions, conventions and similar events and projects are eligible to apply for funding. Grant dollars cover things like value-added feasibility studies, research projects, market development and other projects that encourage the development of business and industry related to livestock production, processing and distribution.
The grants are open to nonprofit organizations, commissions and associations with 501(c) status involving the following livestock species: cattle, swine, sheep, equine, goats, poultry, camelids, ostriches, cervids, bison, aquaculture and rabbits.
Both the livestock production and market development grants will reimburse up to 50 percent of the amount spent to conduct or support the projects, programs and events outlined in each of the grants. Applications are due by Dec. 1, 2015. All grant applications should be sent electronically to Kimmi Devaney, ISDA Livestock Production Program Manager at KDevaney@isda.in.gov by December 1, 2015. Award winners will be announced February 1, 2016. Applications are available at www.in.gov/isda/2474.htm. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.