Columbus, Ohio – Seventy-five meat processors in the state of Ohio will be eligible for grants totaling nearly fifteen million dollars, which will assist these businesses in increasing their capacity and effectively satisfying the rising demand for meat processing services.
These grants are part of the second round of funding made available through the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program.
After determining that the demand for grants was significantly higher than the initial funding amount, Governor DeWine and Lt. Governor Husted, along with the Ohio General Assembly, increased the amount of funding that is available through this program from $10 million to $25 million in the month of April.
The DeWine-Husted Administration placed a high priority on the creation of the Ohio Meat Processing Grant Program within the state’s operating budget for the fiscal years 2022–2023, which was approved by the Ohio General Assembly in the previous year.
The grant money will be used to implement processing efficiency, help with training and certification, enhance harvest services, and expand current facilities at existing locations.
Each company will be given a grant of up to $250,000, with half of the money being granted before projects are begun and the other half being granted when the companies prove that the first funds were spent on acceptable expenditures.