The Cooperative Development Grant Program (CDG) is a competitive funding opportunity to help farmers finance new cooperatives that organize for purposes of operating an agricultural product processing facility or marketing an agricultural product or agricultural service.

Eligible applicants

Applicants must:

  • Be a new cooperative organized under Minn. Stat. 308A or 308B (incorporated on or after January 1, 2019);
  • Certify that all control of the cooperative is from farmers, family farm partnerships, family farm limited liability companies, or family farm corporations (as defined in Minn. Stat. 500.24, subdivision 2) who are actively engaged in agricultural commodity production;
  • Be operated primarily to process agricultural commodities or market agricultural products or services produced in Minnesota;
  • Receive or intend to receive agricultural commodities produced primarily by shareholders or members of the cooperative; and
  • Not allow nonpatron voting rights.

Eligible projects

Projects must support the development of new cooperatives in the production, processing, or marketing of agricultural commodities, products, or services produced in Minnesota.

Amount available

We expect to award approximately $375,000. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2026.

  • You can request between $2,500 and $50,000 for an individual project.
  • This grant requires a match.
    • You must commit at least 50% of the total project cost as a match.
    • Match can be in the form of cash, in-kind contributions, or both.


  • Applications are due by 4 p.m. Central Time on April 24, 2024.
  • Apply for the Cooperative Development Grant using our online application system.
    • If you are a new user, you’ll need to create an account first.
    • Once you’re logged in, select “Cooperative Development Grant FY24-25”.
  • Before you apply, read the FY24-25 request for proposals (PDF) for program guidelines and eligibility rules.

These organizations may be able to help you in developing your application and completing your project:

If your agency would like to be added to this list as a resource for cooperatives or developing cooperatives, email your information to