Get ready for business-building grants

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[Editor’s Note: Updated May 13, 2024]

Now is the time for food and farm businesses to get ready for the Heartland Regional Food Business Center’s Business Builder Subaward grant program. It is designed to build farm and food businesses serving local and regional markets.

Your Next Steps

Submit a request for assistance at our contact page.

We will get you to the right resource in our five-state Heartland Regional Food Business Center region.

Heartland Regional Food Business Center partners assist food and farm businesses in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Business Builder Subawards

The Heartland Regional Food Business Center will support food and farm businesses’ next-step investments through its $10 million Business Builder Subaward grant program.

Business Builder Subawards will support investments that a farm or food enterprise makes to strengthen business viability or expand market access. Business Builder Subawards are for specific physical, technical or logistical needs of small and mid-size food and farm businesses.

Examples of projects for Business Builder Subaward support include feasibility studies, staffing, coordination with distribution and other partners, product development, marketing materials, certain equipment, and specialized consulting.

Not eligible are on-farm production and food assistance activities.

STAY TUNED: The Heartland Food Business Center will issue its first request for proposals in late 2024.

Get Ready

The Heartland Food Business Center is here to help food and farm entrepreneurs succeed.

We are a five-state team of organizations working together to build comprehensive and robust support for small and mid-size food and farm entrepreneurs serving market and community demand for local and regional foods.  

Get in touch and get ready.

Learn more at our Business Builder Subaward web page.

* Eligibility

An eligible entity is:

  • Business or organization that is domestically owned. “Domestically owned” means an entity organized in the United States under the law of the State, the states, or under Tribal jurisdiction where the entity operates, and a majority of the entity is owned by U.S. citizens)
  • Business or organization with facilities physically located within the 50 States of the United States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Programa de Subvenciones Crear Su Negocio, “Business Builder”

Heartland Regional Food Business Center respaldará las inversiones de empresas de alimentos y agricultura a través de su programa de subvenciones Crear Su Negocio “Business Builder” Subaward de $11 millones.

Las subvenciones Business Builder respaldan las inversiones que empresas agrícolas o de alimentos realicen para fortalecer su viabilidad empresarial o expandir su acceso al mercado. Las subvenciones Crear Su Negocio “Business Builder” están destinadas a necesidades físicas, técnicas o logísticas específicas de empresas pequeñas y medianas enfocadas en alimentos y agricultura.

Algunos ejemplos de proyectos incluyen: estudios de viabilidad, personal, coordinación con distribución y otros socios, desarrollo de productos, materiales de marketing, ciertos equipos y consultoría especializada.

MANTÉNGASE AL TANTO: Heartland Food Business Center emitirá su primera solicitud de propuestas a finales del 2024. Los montos y criterios de premiación están por determinarse.


Heartland Food Business Center está disponible para ayudar a los emprendedores de alimentos y agricultura a tener éxito con estas y otras oportunidades de financiamiento.

Somos un equipo de organizaciones en cinco estados que trabajan juntos para brindar un apoyo sólido e integral a los pequeños y medianos emprendedores de alimentos y agricultura, satisfaciendo la demanda del mercado y la comunidad de alimentos locales y regionales.

Póngase en contacto con nosotros para que se prepare para estas oportunidades de subvención.

  1. Brittany Sullivan


    Happy New Year!

    I would love to know more about these programs, and what they offer. Can you email me where I can find more out more?! Also, I know you have an event coming up… I can’t remember the date and location, is it February?