The AGRI Milk Cooler Grant Program helps schools and early care and education (ECE) organizations buy milk coolers for use in their nutrition programs. This grant is intended to increase the purchase and consumption of Minnesota milk and dairy products.

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Applicant Eligibility

The MDA encourages the following groups to apply:

  • Public or private schools and school districts that are part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and serve food to preschool and/or K-12 students.
  • ECE organizations that are enrolled in Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and serve at least 30 breakfast or 30 lunches daily based on average daily participation rates in September and/or October 2019. This may include (but is not limited to) Head Start, Early Head Start, preschool programs, child care centers, and child development centers.

Eligible Projects

In addition to traditional milk coolers and bulk dispensing equipment, the grant can also be used to increase the use of Minnesota dairy products through breakfast and athletic programs.

Amount Available

The MDA anticipates awarding up to $220,000 to Farm to School and ECE organizations. Each school or organization may apply for up to $1,500 with a maximum of three coolers per district. Separate proposals must be submitted for each school.


The next application deadline is April 17, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT.

Read the full Request for Proposals (PDF) and apply online. If you need the application in an alternative format, contact the program administrator. You can also view an example of a completed AGRI Milk Cooler Grant Application (PDF).