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Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Grant (MPIRG)

Grants to USA Meat and Poultry Slaughter and Processing
Facilities for Costs Related to State and Federal Certification

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

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08/02/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA and Territories meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities for costs related to state and federal certification. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to finalize. Eligible activities include modernizing facilities and equipment, meeting compliance requirements, meeting occupational and other safety requirements under applicable law, developing processes to ensure food safety, and accounting for costs associated with becoming an inspected facility.

The MPIRG supports a range of eligible meat and poultry slaughter and processing facilities, including facilities operating under State inspection or those exempt from Federal inspection, in making facility improvements and carrying out other planning activities necessary to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection or to operate as a State-inspected facility that is compliant with the cooperative interstate shipment program under the Federal Meat Inspection Act or Poultry Products Inspection Act. Such entities may include, but are not limited to, commercial businesses, cooperatives, tribal enterprises, etc.

The MPIRG focuses on:

  • Improving meat and poultry slaughter and processing capacity and efficiency;
  • Developing new and expanding existing markets;
  • Increasing capacity and better meeting consumer and producer demand;
  • Maintaining strong inspection and food safety standards;
  • Obtaining a larger commercial presence; and
  • Increasing access to slaughter/processing facilities for smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities.

AMS encourages applications that benefit smaller farms and ranches, new and beginning farmers and ranchers, socially disadvantaged producers, veteran producers, and/or underserved communities. For projects intending to support these entities, applicants should engage and involve those beneficiaries when developing projects and applications.

Applicants must align their proposal to one of two project types, Planning for a Federal Grant of
Inspection (PFGI) and Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program (CIS Program) Compliance. 

More on the project types can be found at

Activities eligible for funding can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 197229

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Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 276

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The maximum award amount is $200,000.

Term of Contract:

As a condition of receiving an award, recipients have 36 months to:
A. Obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) or the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), as applicable; or;
B. Comply with the Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program under FMIA (501 of that Act (21 U.S.C. 683) or PPIA (31 of that Act (21 U.S.C. 472); or
C. Make a good faith effort towards the activities provided above.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Consistent with 21 U.S.C. § 473, meat or poultry slaughter or processing facilities must be operational at the time they submit the grant application to be eligible for the program.

In addition, such facilities must be:
1. Seeking to obtain a Federal Grant of Inspection under the FMIA or PPIA in the 50 States, American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including those managed or owned by Tribal entities; or
2. Seeking to operate as a State-inspected facility compliant with either the FMIA under the CIS Program or the PPIA under the CIS Program by this RFA’s deadline. Facilities that are exempt from Federal inspection under the FMIA and PPIA are also eligible. Exemptions may include, but are not limited to Custom, Retail, etc.

Projects are not eligible for funding if the applicant plans to:
- Purchase or lease land.
- Construct/build a new facility.
- Duplicate activities of a project that has received a Federal award from another Federal award program.
- Claim expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any Federal, State, or local government funding.
- Apply for CIS if the facility employs more than 25 employees (including supervisory and nonsupervisory employees on a full -time, part-time, or temporary basis).

Pre-proposal Conference:

MPIRG Applicant Webinar

When: Jul 13, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Program (MPIRG) Applicant Webinar

Register in advance for this webinar:

Or an H.323/SIP room system:
H.323: (US West) or (US East)
Meeting ID: 160 817 7858

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received on or before 11:59 pm Eastern Time August 2, 2021, through Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, complete your registration allowing sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Registration process
1) Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizational DUNS" on the SF424 form.
2) Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through accounts must be updated annually, and your organization must have an active account to submit your application to
3) Create a Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process. Completing this process automatically triggers an email request for applicant roles to the organization's E-Business Point of Contact (EBiz POC) for review. The EBiz POC is a representative from your organization who is the contact listed for SAM. To apply for grants on behalf of your organization, you will need the Authorized Organization Role.

This funding opportunity does not have a Federal cost-sharing or matching requirement for fiscal year 2021. Such information should not be included in the FY2021 submitted application. However, there is a $1:$1 matching requirement for subsequent MPIRG fiscal years (FY2022 and beyond). Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider applying in FY2021.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

After closely reviewing the RFA in its entirety, applicants and other interested parties are encouraged to contact the MPIRG staff listed below or at

Team lead and grants management specialists:
Phone: Eric Bozoian

Meat and Poultry Inspection Readiness Program (MPIRG)
USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Stop 0267
Room 4534 South Building
Washington, DC 20250-0269

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USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)

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