If there's problems with eligability, Common Wealth helped start a famer cooperative so we might be able to help, or you could search for a farmer or farm cooperative to partner with in your area.
Here's the synopsis from the website:
The primary objective of the VAPG program is to help agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based value-added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the end goals of this program. You may receive priority if you are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain, as defined in the Program Regulation. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
You must meet the requirements of one of the following applicant types: Independent Producer, Agricultural Producer Group, Farmer or Rancher Cooperative, or Majority-Controlled Producer-Based Business Venture. Your proposed value-added product must also fall within one of the five product categories, and you must also comply with all the other eligibility requirements detailed in the Program Regulation and NOFA.