AGRI Farm to Early Care and Education Grants support early care and education organizations that want to process and serve Minnesota agricultural products.
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Applicant Eligibility

Early care and education providers that are enrolled in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) are eligible.

We encourage school organizations to apply for the AGRI Farm to School Grant.

Project Eligibility

There are two kinds of AGRI Farm to Early Care and Education Grants:

  • Planning Grants help early care and education organizations create plans that identify specific equipment, tools, training, or policies needed to encourage the purchase, preparation, and serving Minnesota grown and raised food.
  • Equipment Purchase and Physical Improvement Grants help early care and education organizations purchase equipment and update relevant infrastructure to allow for the increase purchase, preparation, and serving of Minnesota grown and raised food.

Does your organization need a place to store milk and other dairy products? Apply for an AGRI Milk Cooler Grant.

Amounts Available

Planning Grants provide up to 75 percent of the total project costs. Awards can range from $1,000 to $30,000. Recipients must cover the remaining 25 percent of the project as a cash match.

Equipment Purchase and Physical Improvement Grants cover up to 50 percent of the total project costs. Awards can range from $1,000 to $50,000. Recipients must cover the remaining 50 percent as a cash match.

Applying

Applications are due no later than 4:00 pm CST on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Read the full Request for Proposals (PDF) and apply online. If you need the application in an alternative format, contact the program administrator. You can also view an example of a completed AGRI Farm to Early Care and Education Equipment Grant Application (PDF).