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2020 Growth Through Agriculture Program

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through the development of new agricultural products and processes. Examples of eligible project activities involve equipment purchases, construction costs, advertising and promotion, and consultant services for engineering. The GTA program is administered by the Agriculture Development Council (Council) which is attached to the Department of Agriculture.

Award Amounts:

  • Grants up to $50,000
  • Loans up to $100,000

 *Please NOTE - this will be the only application deadline for Growth Through Agriculture for fiscal year 2021 (July 2020 - June 2021).*

It is recommended that you begin working on your application as early as possible. For assistance in planning your project and working on your application, please contact your local Food and Agriculture Development Center Network www.foodandag.mt.gov or Small Business Development Center sbdc.mt.gov by September 1, 2020 for the best possible assistance.

Application Deadlines:

  • Funding Opportunity Open: July 22, 2020
  • Deadline for Confirmation Check*: November 30, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
    * If you would like to receive confirmation from the Department prior to the deadline that all items have been received before the deadline, submit your application by no later than November 30 to allow time to check for completion and time to respond to any technical issues you may have prior to the application deadline.
  • Application Deadline: December 8, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
  • Click here to apply

Important Dates

Date Time Event Venue
July 22, 2020   Post Funding Opportunity.

www.gta.mt.gov &

funding.mt.gov
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #1 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #2 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 23, 2020 1:00 p.m. Open Question and Answer Call #3 Join Zoom Meeting 
or +1 406 444 9999
Meeting ID: 960 306 7171
Monday, November 30, 2020 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Material Verification funding.mt.gov
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 2:00 p.m. Application Deadline

funding.mt.gov

December 2020   Council Proposal Review & Scoring  
January 2021   Council Invitations Sent to Scoring Applicants Email & Letter
February 2021 – Date TBA  TBA Agriculture Council Review Meeting TBA
March 2020   Expected announcement of selected applications By Mail & Email

Technical Assistance:


Growth Through Agriculture News

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Available - Applications due March 22, 2021

Workshop and Open Office: February 17, 2021

USDA Value-Added Producer Grants Available - Applications due March 22, 2021

The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities and increase producer income.

Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Click Here to learn more and apply. Applications are due no later than March 22, 2021. Please refer to the Federal Register Notices for more information on the deadline and various ways the Agency will accept applications.

Documents to download

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Loans up to $8,500 available to young Montana farmers and ranchers

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Montana youth ages 21 and under may be eligible for up to $8,500 in loan financing through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan Program.

“With the average age of farmers and ranchers being nearly 60 years old, supporting the next generation is vital to Montana’s livelihood,” said MDA Director Mike Foster. “The Junior Ag Loan Program plays an important role in connecting young people who are passionate about pursuing projects in agriculture with the financing they need to get started.”

Click here to learn more about the Junior Ag Loan Program and apply. 

Documents to download

Montana Agriculture Development Council Meeting

February 17 - 19, 2021

Montana Agriculture Development Council Meeting

The Agriculture Development Council will meet virtually Wednesday, February 17th through Friday, February 19th. See attached agenda for order of events. 

To receive information to join the virtual meetings, please email a request to agr@mt.gov or call (406) 444-0134.

The Agriculture Development Council establishes policies and priorities to enhance the future development of agriculture in Montana including the award of loans and grants offered through the Growth Through Agriculture program. Click here to learn more about the Agriculture Development Council. 

Documents to download

Growth Through Agriculture Program
Phone : (406) 444-0134
E-mail : gta@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601