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Eligibility Requirements

  • Proposals may be submitted by individuals, groups, partnerships, or collaborations.

  • Eligible applicants must currently or plan to store, process, package, aggregate, or distribute farm products raised in Illinois.

  • Applicants should be established operations.

  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic profitability, and social equity into their farming operation.

  • Proposals must be for the purchasing, leasing to own, renting, building, or installation of infrastructure that will increase market access of Illinois communities to Illinois agricultural products.

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Eligible Applicants include but are not limited to:

  • Illinois farms with less than 50 employees

  • Illinois cooperatives with less than 50 employees

  • Illinois processing facilities, food businesses, and food hubs, with less than 50 employees

  • Illinois non-profit organizations

  • Units of local government in Illinois

  • Multi-farm collaborations

  • Healthcare entities

  • Educational institutions

  • Correctional facilities

Grant Timeline

  • Application opens: December 1, 2023

  • Application closes: January 31, 2024

  • Final award decisions: February 2024

  • Funding disseminated: March 2024

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