In 2013, the Minnesota Legislature charged the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) with providing grants to each of the state’s county fairs “to enhance arts access and education and to preserve and promote Minnesota’s history and cultural heritage.”
Funded by AGRI (Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Fund), the grant program distributes $1 million in state fiscal year 2014, and another $1 million in state fiscal year 2015, in equal amounts to each of the state’s county fairs, and is not competitive. For the 2014 grant program, every county fair in Minnesota will be eligible to apply for $10,752.69.
Emily Murphy, State Program Administrator
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com