Supports Minnesota agricultural producers and processors to increase sales of Minnesota agricultural products by expanding markets.
Individuals (farmers) or businesses, agricultural cooperatives, local government entities. All applicants must be in good standing (no back taxes, no defaults on Minnesota-backed financing, acceptable performance on past MDA grants, and in compliance with current state regulations). See RFP for more detail.
Grants are for equipment purchases or physical improvements and are intended to:
Applications that have a meat processing, marketing to schools (or other institutions) 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.
The MDA anticipates awarding up to $1,000,000 per round of applications through the Value Added Grant Program. Equipment purchases or physical improvements projects: Up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed by the grant award; maximum grant award is $150,000; minimum grant award is $1,000.
The Fiscal Year (FY)2017 application periods are open from July 26, 2016 to September 27, 2016 and from December 28, 2016 to March 2, 2017.
For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).
Request for Proposal (RFP) and Fillable Application (PDF: 325 KB / 11 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **
(Note: this is the old, Round 2 of Fiscal Year 2016 application. The new RFP, Round 1 of Fiscal Year 2017 will be posted by mid-July.)
See an example of a completed Value Added application (PDF: 504 KB / 8 pages)
All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to Ann Kuzj at firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions received, along with the answers to those questions, will be posted on the FAQ page.
Summary of funded grant projects.
Ann Kuzj, Program Administrator
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, email@example.com