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Grants and Loan Agreements to Virginia Nonprofits and Agencies for Projects that Promote Economic Development

Southwest Virginia Program Special Round – Meat Processing


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Funding Source
Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission (TRRC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants and loan agreements to Virginia nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies for projects that promote economic development and growth in eligible locations. Funding is intended to develop and establish commercial meat processing facilities with USDA certification. Eligible projects benefit the Southwest Virginia area of Virginia's Tobacco Region.

This special round of TRRC funding is intended to supplement, not replace, AFID’s role in supporting the development of value-added processing facilities. The Commission will consider awarding grants for agribusiness projects that create or expand market opportunities for regional producers and that result in a quantifiable increase in net farm income. The special funding round is focused on the establishment of commercial meat processing operations in the SWVA Tobacco region. Operations must be USDA certified. 

Priority will be given to regional facilities serving or benefiting multiple producers in more than one locality. Investments will support increasing sales of agricultural meat products from the region. Projects must clearly demonstrate the identified need or opportunity for a new or expanding market that brings economic value to the region.

For information about investment categories, see

Applicants may apply for low-interest financing assistance to support capital costs for the startup or expansion of value-added processing facilities benefiting Tobacco Region producers regardless of public or private ownership. Please contact TRRC staff for information about loan support. 

For information about evaluation criteria, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applications will only be accepted from governmental entities and non-profit organizations located in and/or providing economic revitalization programs, services, or facilities in the Tobacco Region. Eligible applicants including the following:
- Governmental Entities - Governmental entities within the Tobacco Region, including towns, cities, and counties; local or regional industrial or economic development authorities; regional authorities, and other governmental units.
- Non-Profit Organizations - Incorporated non-profit organizations designated as tax-exempt by the federal Internal Revenue Service.

Additional Geographic Information:

Link to Tobacco area map:

Pre-Application Information
Applications for this Special Round are due by Thursday, June 1, 2023.

Award decisions are expected to be made at the Commission’s meeting in fall 2023.

As required by the Code of Virginia, all requests for grant funds require at least dollar-for-dollar (1:1) matching funds, with no more than 25% of the match requirement from “in-kind” sources. Loan requests do not have a match requirement. Expenses already included in an annual budget such as personnel and other operating costs will count toward the 25% In-Kind limit.

To obtain feedback prior to submitting a full application, eligible organizations can complete the pre-application form available on the Commission’s website. The pre-application is an optional, non-binding process that is used for providing informal feedback.


Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
It is anticipated that the Commission will approve multiple award as a result of this RFP

Contact Information
Pre-application form:

Online application:

For technical assistance:
Suzette Patterson, Grants System Manager
(804) 894-9662

Contact TRRC’s grants staff for assistance with project design or to discuss a pre-application:
Sara Williams, Southwest Regional Director (Abingdon, VA)
(276) 619-4325,

Vicki Humphreys, Grant Programs Director (Richmond, VA)
(804) 894–9658,

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
701 E. Franklin St., Ste. 501
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 225-2027
Fax: (804) 786-3210

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