Grants are generally sums of money awarded to finance a particular activity or facility. Generally, these grant awards do not need to be paid back.
The MDA offers many grant programs to assist individuals and organizations with agricultural development.
Biomass Thermal Energy Grant Program – awards will be for installation of certain wood-burning systems designed to produce thermal energy in regions of the state that cannot access natural gas.
Crop Research Grant Program – funds for applied crop research that will improve agricultural product quality, quantity, and/or value and create public, transferable information with near term benefits for Minnesota farmers and the state’s economy.
County Fair Arts Access and Cultural Heritage Grant - awarded to Minnesota's county fairs to fund projects and programs to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota's history and cultural heritage
Forest Protection Reserve Appropriation - grants to aid municipalities and organizations in preparing for new infestations of emerald ash borer or to respond to existing infestations of the invasive insect pest.
Specialty Crop Grants - grants to help specialty crop growers in Minnesota remain competitive in the marketplace.
Livestock Investment Grant - grants awarded to persons or entities who raise livestock in Minnesota, for the purposes of improving or expanding livestock production in Minnesota.
Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program - supports Minnesota school districts in the processing of Minnesota agricultural products.
Value Added Grant Program – supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to expand markets for Minnesota products.
Ag Literacy Grant - offers cash awards to help educators more effectively integrate agriculture and the food system into their curriculum.
Dairy Business Planning Grant - encourages dairy business planning and modernization activities of Minnesota dairy farms.
Dairy Profitability & Enhancement Teams - for producers who are looking to make some changes in their operations.
Sustainable Agriculture Grant - awarded to innovative, promising and worthwhile demonstrations of sustainable agricultural methods or systems in Minnesota.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org