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 Request for Proposals (RFP) below for more detail.
Grants will be funded at two levels. Applicants may apply to only one level.
Grants are for equipment purchases or physical improvements and are intended to support businesses that will:
For Level 1 projects, applications that have a meat processing, marketing to schools (or other institutions) component, are addressing a food safety plan or requirement, where applicant is a minority or veteran owned business, or where applicant serves communities of color or Native American Tribal communities will receive priority points.
For Level 2 projects, applications where a feasibility study has been conducted, the percentage of Minnesota grown ingredients/inputs is at or above 50%, where applicant is a minority or veteran owned business, or where applicant serves communities of color or Native American Tribal communities will receive priority points.
Grants will be awarded through the application and competitive review process.
The MDA anticipates awarding up to $2,500,000 per round of applications through the Value Added Grant Program. Up to $1,000,000 will be reserved for Level 1 projects; up to $1,500,000 will be reserved for Level 2 projects.
Equipment purchases or physical improvements projects: up to 25% of the total project cost may be reimbursed by the grant award.
For Level 1 projects: maximum grant award is $200,000; minimum grant award is $1,000.
For Level 2 projects: maximum grant award is $1,000,000; minimum grant award is $200,001.
The Fiscal Year (FY)2018 application periods are open from July 24, 2017 to September 20, 2017 and from January 2018 to March 9, 2018.
For instructions on how to register to apply, review this tutorial (PDF: 867 KB / 8 pages).
Request for Proposal (RFP) and Fillable Application (PDF: 562 KB / 14 pages)
** MAC Users: Please complete the form using Adobe Reader. **
(Note: This is the new Round 2 of Fiscal Year 2018 RFP)
See an example of a completed Value Added Application (PDF: 583 KB / 11 pages)
All questions regarding the RFP should be submitted in writing to Julie LaClair 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.
Julie LaClair, Grants Specialist
Ag Marketing & Development Division