Gordon allocates up to $2M in CARES funds to relaunch meat processing grants

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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has allocated up to $2 million in federal CARES Act dollars as he relaunches the Wyoming Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program (WMPEG).”

Gordon’s office said on Wednesday that grants are available to help increase the security and capacity of Wyoming’s local food supply chain.

“The significant processing bottlenecks that surfaced last year have not gone away,” Gordon said. “This program will continue to help improve our meat processing capacity and ensure Wyomingites have access to high-quality products. Our work assisting independent processors is important to our overall agriculture diversification efforts and helps to expand an important sector of our ag economy.”

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is accepting grant applications from meat processing facilities in the state.

“Initial priority will be given to entities and businesses who did not previously receive funding from WMPEG,” the governor’s office says. “Following this priority batching, applications will be accepted on a first come, first served rolling basis until funds have been expended.”

“Applications will be reviewed for accuracy, eligibility, and completeness by the Wyoming Business Council, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office. The program offers grants of up to $500,000 to eligible businesses with a 50% match component for funding.”

Further eligibility requirements and application information are available online.