Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grants – Supplemental Funding


To assist eligible meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities with costs incurred in making improvements and carrying out other planning activities necessary to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA); or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA under the respective Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, Part Title IIV – Nutrition and Agriculture Relief, Subtitle B – Agriculture, Section Sec. 764 Grants for Improvements to Meat and Poultry Facilities to Allow for Interstate Shipment, Public Law 116-260.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applications are limited to meat or poultry slaughter or processing facilities, operating under State inspection or exempt from Federal inspection, that are in operation as of the grant application date and seeking to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), as applicable or to be eligible for inspection under a Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program that is compliant with FMIA or PPIA and is located in a State that participates in the CIS program. Applications submitted by other entities are not eligible for consideration under the MGFSP and will be excluded from review.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
A grant agreement is entered between the AMS and the eligible entity that submits an application. OMB Guidance for Grants Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR ? 200 and 2 CFR ? 400 applies to this program. 2 CFR ? 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR ? 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. AMS only accepts electronic applications submitted via in response to this RFA. Applicants are urged to submit early to the system. For an overview of the application process, see the Apply for Grants webpage. Please refer to the RFA for further information needed to obtain and complete required application forms and AMS-specific attachments. The most current RFAs are available at Any specific instructions in the RFA supersedes the general information provided in the CFDA database.
Award Procedure
AMS outlines the application requirements and merit review process in each grant program's RFA. Applicants are required to use the RFA to apply for grant funds. After the application deadline has passed, AMS begins a process to evaluate each application submitted to the grant program and select applications for funding. Grant agreements are established with applicants based on the results of this process to ensure compliance with requirement that Federal awarding agencies maintain a fair, unbiased merit review process in establishing grants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for selecting proposals are within the guidelines established for the program as described in the RFA.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used to modernize or expand an existing facility, modernize equipment, meet packaging and labeling compliance requirements under applicable law, meet safety requirements under applicable law, develop processes to ensure food safety, and other purposes that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture determines to be appropriate for obtaining a Federal Grant of Inspection or becoming eligible for inspection under the CIS program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual performance and financial reports are required. An eligible entity shall submit a report not later than 90 calendar days after each annual performance reporting period end date. A final performance and financial report are required within 120 calendar days after the expiration date of the grant period from the eligible entity. See for more information.
Not applicable.
Recipients must retain all records (including financial) relating to grant for a period of three years after the final Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is received by AMS or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to this program.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 100%. Matching requirement is waived for FY21 funding cycle. For following funding cycles, as a condition of receiving a subgrant under this section, an eligible entity shall provide matching non-Federal funds in an amount equal to the amount of the grant.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Applicants have 3 calendar years (36 calendar months) to use the funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: See for grant agreement award terms and conditions to obtain information on how assistance is awarded/released.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
USDA Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives
1400 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: 202-690-1300
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$56,658,000.00; FY 23 est $1,671,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20 - 12X2500 (Marketing Services no-year), fund AM002500DM
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See Request for Application for more information.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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