AGRI Farm to School Grants support Minnesota school districts that want to purchase and serve Minnesota agricultural products.
In fiscal year 2022, we anticipate awarding up to $748,000 to reimburse school districts for purchasing Minnesota grown and raised foods used in school meal programs. School districts may apply for one of two grants:
Farm to School First Bite Mini Grant
- Funding for those with little or no experience with local procurement as part of a Farm to School program. This grant is intended to be an intentional learning process for the applicant. Recipients of this year's funding are not eligible for future First Bite grants.
Farm to School Full Tray Grant
- Grants for those with some Farm to School experience. The amount of funding the applicant is eligible for is determined using a formula based on meals served in October 2019.
Additional funding for equipment purchases
Applicants for a First Bite or Full Tray grant may also apply for up to $25,000 to purchase equipment in addition to funds for food. The equipment portion of the grant request must include a 1:1 cash match and support Farm to School initiatives. Learn more by reading the Request for Proposal for each of the grants.