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.
AGRI Agriculture Value-Added Feasibility Study Grant - reimbursement up to 50% of the costs, with a maximum award of $35,000, for an independent third party consultant to conduct a feasibility study of your agricultural value-added business venture.
AGRI County Fair Grant - awarded to Minnesota's county fairs to ensure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to participate in programs that preserve and promote Minnesota’s agriculture.
AGRI 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.
AGRI Food Hub Grant Program – supports food hubs or other alternative community-based food distribution systems in order to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products.
AGRI 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.
AGRI Minnesota Farm to School Grant Program - supports Minnesota school districts in the processing of Minnesota agricultural products.
AGRI Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant - awarded to innovative, promising and worthwhile demonstrations of sustainable agricultural methods or systems in Minnesota.
AGRI Value Added Grant Program – supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to expand markets for Minnesota products.
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.
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.
GFAP Equipment and Physical Improvement Grant - the Good Food Access Program (GFAP) supports grocery stores and small food retailers in increasing the availability of and access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food for underserved communities.
MAWQCP Financial Assistance Grant - Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) financial assistance grant.
Specialty Crop Grants - grants to help specialty crop growers in Minnesota remain competitive in the marketplace.