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Livestock Investment Grant Program 2018 Frequently Asked Questions


  • What is the time period when expenses are eligible? We are planning a project for late Fall/Winter and will apply if it would be eligible.

    Eligible expenses for the grant are expenses that occur from January 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. If you are planning on a project that is occurring late Fall/Winter, any invoices that occur after January 1, 2018 would be eligible. The updated application will be posted on the website in September and due in early December, 2017.
  • If I have previously been awarded a grant, can I apply for the next phase of my project?

    Yes, but you cannot claim the same expenses on both grants.
  • If I get a Federal grant to cover some of the expenses, am I still eligible for the Livestock Investment Grant 10%?

    You are still eligible for 10% of your out-of-pocket project expenses.
  • When will I be notified if I am awarded the grant?

    Late January/early February 2018.
  • If awarded, what do I need to do to receive the funds?

    You will need to provide detailed invoices and proof of payments in order to receive your payment.
  • Can I apply for the grant if I am just starting a dairy goat production farm?

    Yes.
  • How many dollars are available for this round of the Livestock Investment Grant? 

    $2 million.
  • What are the odds that my application will be funded?

    The grants are competitively awarded so it depends on the number of applications.
  • Any tips to getting my application funded?

    The applications will be scored based on the scoring criteria on the last page.
  • Are there any examples that I can see?

    Yes, here is a sample application. Past funded applications are also available upon request.
  • When does my application need to be submitted?

    The application should be submitted before the deadline in early December.
  • When will I be notified if I am receiving grant funding?

    We expect to notify applicants in early February. We need 6-8 weeks to review and score all the applications.
  • Do we need to wait to receive notification of funding before incurring eligible expenses? If so, what would this timing be?

    No, you do not need to wait to hear that your grant application has been funded, but remember that eligible expenses must occur between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.
  • What advice have previous Livestock Investment Grantees given for future applicants?

    In the last survey we conducted, previous Grantees stated the following:
    • Do not be afraid to apply! This grant can really make a difference as to whether not a project succeeds or fails, especially if you are just starting out.
    • Make sure you understand the time windows as far as when grant expenses are eligible for reimbursement. If you have any issues, contact the Grants Coordinator right away.
    • It’s a great deal! Make sure to keep your paperwork organized.
    • The application process helps to solidify your plan. Take your time, set clear goals, and make a clear plan. Detail what your goals and plans are throughout your application.
  • If I’ve applied for the grant in a previous year, is my application still live for the following rounds?

    No. Applications are not carried forward to the next round. You will need to reapply each round to keep your application active.
  • If someone else has ownership in my farm - but I am still the principal operator - who should apply for the grant?

    Anyone who has financial interest in the farm may apply for the grant. You may both apply for the grant during the same grant period but the projects and expenses must be different.
  • Are there any other provisions I should be aware of while applying?

    Yes, because these are taxpayer dollars there are bidding requirements for any project greater than $5,000. For projects of $5,000–$9,999, verbal quotes must be obtained. For projects $10,000–$24,999, written quotes are required. For projects greater than $25,000, written quotes must be obtained and the projects are subject to prevailing wage requirements. 

Updated: March 31, 2017 

MDA Contacts

Curt Zimmerman, Supervisor, Livestock Development Team
Curt.Zimmerman@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6456

David Weinand, Dairy Diagnostics, Livestock Development Team
David.Weinand@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6646

Ag Marketing & Development Division