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.

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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.