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Minnesota Value Added Grant Program

Supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by expanding markets. Grants are for equipment purchases or physical improvements and are intended to:

  • Start, expand, or update livestock product processing businesses;
  • Purchase equipment to start, upgrade, or modernize value-added businesses;
  • Increase the use and processing of Minnesota agricultural products (required for all grants);
  • Increase on-farm food safety (ex. Implementing a food safety plan); and
  • Increase farmers’ processing and aggregating capacity to sell to schools, hospitals, or other institutions.

Fiscal Year 2016 applications are available from August 1, 2015 to October 6, 2015

See an example of a completed Value Added application (PDF: 599 KB / 8 pages)

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

Request for Proposal (RFP) and Fillable Application (PDF: 455 KB / 12 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **
(Note: this is the Fiscal Year 2015 application; the new application will be coming soon!)

Applications that have a meat processing, Farm to School, or other institution component, or are addressing a Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) or similar type of food safety plan will receive priority.

Grants will be awarded through the application and competitive review process.

MDA Contact

Ann Kuzj, Program Administrator
ann.kuzj@state.mn.us, 651-201-6028

Ag Marketing & Development Division