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AGRI Farm to School Grants


Purpose

Support Minnesota school districts in the processing of Minnesota agricultural products. Grants are intended to: 

  • Create plans that identifies specific equipment, tools, training or policies needed by school districts.
  • Purchase equipment to allow schools to purchase, prepare and serve more Minnesota grown and raised food.

Who's Eligible

Public or private schools or school districts; economic development organizations, non-profit organizations and educational service cooperatives. See the Request for Proposal (RFP) below for more detail.

**Are you an Early Care and Education (ECE) organization? We have a specific AGRI Farm to ECE grant program for you!**

What's Eligible and Amount Available

Eligible Projects:

  1. Planning Grants - Up to 75% of the total project cost may be covered by the grant, with a maximum grant award of $30,000 and a minimum grant award of $1,000. Recipients must contribute the remaining 25% of the project cost as a cash match. Blue Cross funds may NOT be used for planning grants.
  2. Equipment Purchases And Physical Improvement Grants - Up to 50% of the total project cost may be covered by the grant, with a maximum grant award of $50,000 and a minimum grant award of $1,000. Recipients must contribute the remaining 50% of the project cost as a cash match. Blue Cross funds may be used for this type of funding.

The MDA anticipates awarding up to $400,000 through the Farm to School Grant Program. The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) has committed up to $125,000 to help schools meet the requirement for matching funds for equipment or physical improvement projects.

See the RFP below for more detail.

Application Period

Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

Link to Application

Apply onlineFor instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).

Request for Proposal and Application (PDF: 338 KB / 14 pages) 
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **

Sample Applications

Frequently Asked Questions

All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to Lisa Sawyer at lisa.sawyer@state.mn.us. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ page.

Previous Recipients

Summary of funded grant projects

MDA Contact

Lisa Sawyer, Grant Specialist
lisa.sawyer@state.mn.us, 651-201-6277

Ag Marketing & Development Division