It seems like a very long time ago (in July) that we submitted a grant application to the US Department of Agriculture for a “Value Added Producer Grant“. We never really thought that we would actually have a chance of getting this grant, but we found out in late October, that we were one of the award recipients. We are so excited and thankful for this opportunity. It will definitely speed up the process of getting a winery off the ground.
This grant is meant to help small farms add value to their raw product/commodity, as in grapes to wine, milk to cheese, fruit to jam etc. The grant funds can be used for packaging (as in bottles, corks and labels), marketing and wine-making ingredients and disposable supplies- as long as it is not capital equipment.