These grants help Minnesota county fairs preserve and promote Minnesota agriculture, and provide access to the arts and the state’s agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage. Funds come from the Minnesota Legislature through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation Program (AGRI) and the Legacy Amendment.

Two types of grants are available. Fairs can apply for one or both.

Category I. Preserving and Promoting Minnesota Agriculture: $1 million available in equal shares to all of the state's county fairs. For 2020, each fair can apply for up to $10,638.

Category II. Promoting Minnesota Arts and Agricultural History: $415,000 available in equal shares to all of the state's county fairs. For 2020, each fair can apply for up to $4,411.

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Applicant Eligibility

The AGRI County Fair Grants are non-competitive and all Minnesota county fairs may apply.

Project Eligibility

Fairs must use the funds for projects and programs that:

  • enhance Minnesotans' access to agricultural education;
  • preserve and promote Minnesota agriculture;
  • provide access to the arts; and/or
  • preserve and promote Minnesota's agricultural, historical, and cultural heritage.

Applying

Applications are due no later than 3:00 PM CST on Friday, February 1, 2020.

Please read the full Request for Proposals and apply online. If you need the application in a different format, contact the program administrator.