Indiana meat producers eligible for $4M in CARES Act funding


Hoosier meat producers and agribusinesses can apply for a share of $4 million in CARES Act funding through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture's new Indiana Meat Processing Expansion and Development Grant. 

Announced October 5, 2020 by Indiana Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Meat Processing Expansion and Development Grant is intended to address supply chain disruptions and mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 public health emergency. Applicants can access more information on the program and apply by clicking here. Applications are due October 19 at 11:59 p.m.


Highlights of the program:

  • Projects should aim to improve food supply resilience through increasing slaughter, expanding meat processing capacity and/or promoting worker safety.
  • The program will be overseen by ISDA and will reimburse up to 50% of eligible expenses, with a maximum award of $150,000. Following federal guidance, grants will only reimburse eligible costs incurred from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.
  • Indiana meat processing businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for funds. Applicants must represent an existing federally inspected, state-inspected or custom-exempt processing plant licensed and be in good standing with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH).
  • To apply for this grant, applicants must use the online ISDA Grants Management System (GMS). Applicants should contact Leah Harmon at or 317-607-4127 to set up an account.


Helpful Resources

  • Click here for the full program and application guidance
  • Click here for an application checklist
  • Click here for the ISDA GMS quick start guide 
  • Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about this grant