Here are some common questions about the AGRI Livestock Investment Grant. If you have questions that are not addressed here, please email them to MDA.AGRIGrants@state.mn.us with "AGRI Livestock Investment Questions" in the subject line. We will post all questions and answers on this page.

What is the time period when expenses are eligible? We are planning a project for late Fall/Winter and will apply if it would be eligible.

Eligible expenses for the grant must occur from January 1 of the year a grantee’s contract is signed to June 30 of the following year. Additionally, these expenses must be paid by the date the grantee’s contract expires in order to request reimbursement through the Livestock Investment Grant.

If you are planning on a project that is occurring late Fall/Winter, any invoices that are received by the grantee after January 1 would be eligible.

If I have previously been awarded a grant, can I apply for the next phase of my project?

Yes, but you cannot claim the same expenses on both grants.

If I get a Federal grant to cover some of the expenses, am I still eligible for the Livestock Investment Grant?

You are still eligible. However, you cannot be reimbursed for the same expenses twice. Expenses used for the Federal grant cannot be used for the Livestock Investment Grant.

When will I be notified if I am awarded the grant?

Late January/early February after the application period closes.

If awarded, what do I need to do to receive the funds?

You will need to provide detailed invoices and proof of payments in order to receive your payment. The invoices must be received and paid by the grantee between January 1 and June 30 as specified in the contract signed by the grantee. The grant administrator sends the grantees the "MDA Reimbursement Guide" to explain the reimbursement process.

How many dollars are available for this round of the Livestock Investment Grant?

$2 million.

What are the odds that my application will be funded?

The grants are competitively awarded so it depends on the number and quality of applications.

Any tips to getting my application funded?

The applications will be scored based on the scoring criteria in the Request for Proposals. Maximize your points by clearly answering the application questions.

Do we need to wait to receive notification of funding before incurring eligible expenses? If so, what would this timing be?

No, you do not need to wait to hear that your grant application has been funded, but remember that eligible expenses must occur between January 1 of the year the grant was awarded and June 30 of the following year. Be aware that it is also possible that you may not be awarded a grant because the grant is competitively funded.

What advice have previous Livestock Investment Grantees given for future applicants?

In the last survey we conducted, previous grantees stated the following:

  • Do not be afraid to apply! This grant can really make a difference as to whether not a project succeeds or fails, especially if you are just starting out.
  • Make sure you understand the time windows as far as when grant expenses are eligible for reimbursement. If you have any issues, contact the Grants Coordinator right away.
  • It’s a great deal! Make sure to keep your paperwork organized.
  • The application process helps to solidify your plan. Take your time, set clear goals, and make a clear plan. Detail what your goals and plans are throughout your application.

If I’ve applied for the grant in a previous year, is my application still live for the following rounds?

No, applications are not carried forward to the next round as there may be year-to-year differences in the application. You will need to reapply each round to be considered for a grant award.