The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) 2014 Sustainable Agriculture Demonstration Grant Program. Competitive grants for up to $25,000 are awarded to individuals or groups for on-farm sustainable agriculture research or demonstration projects in Minnesota. The purpose of the Grant Program is to fund practices that promote environmental stewardship and conservation of resources as well as improve profitability and quality of life on farms and in rural areas.
Eligible recipients include Minnesota farmers, individuals at Minnesota educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and local natural resource agencies. Priority is given to projects that are farmer initiated. All non-farmer initiated projects must show significant collaboration with farmers.
Grants may only be made to applicants residing or located in Minnesota for demonstrations on farms located in the state. An applicant is eligible to receive only one MDA sustainable agriculture grant at a time. Grantees who complete projects are eligible to receive additional grants to either continue the project or for a new idea.
The program objectives are to research and demonstrate the profitability, energy efficiency, and benefits of sustainable agriculture practices and systems from production through marketing. Grants are available to fund on-farm research and demonstrations and may include, but are not limited to:
The program does not fund projects that duplicate previously funded projects. It may, however, fund similar projects in parts of the state where the practice or system is still considered new or innovative. You can read prior issues of the Greenbook to see the summaries and locations of previous grants. This will help you design a project that meets your goals and adds new information. Several years of the Greenbook are available.
Question: Can I add attachments to the Grant Application?
Answer: Yes, supplemental information (letters of support, maps, diagrams, photos, charts) that is part of your grant application may be submitted as attachments along with the Grant Application (via hard copy (mailed or hand delivered) or via email).
Question: If I submit my Grant Application and supplemental information via email, how will I know the email arrived by the deadline of 4:00 PM on January 29, 2014?
Answer: You will receive an email confirmation.
Question: If I mail my Grant Application and it does not arrive by January 29, 2014, is it still eligible?
Answer: If the postmark is dated January 29, 2014 then it is eligible.
Question: When are hand delivered Grant Applications due?
Answer: Grant applications that are hand delivered need to be at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture by 4:00 PM on January 29, 2014.
Question: Are indirect costs allowed?
Answer: No, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture does not allow indirect costs in grants.
Jeanne Ciborowski, Grant Program Coordinator
Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org