MAWQCP Financial Assistance Grant
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is designed to accelerate adoption of on-farm practices that protect Minnesota’s waters. Producers going through the certification process have priority access to financial assistance. One assistance program is the MAWQCP Grant. Applications are accepted online.
These grants are available to Minnesota producers who are already certified or actively seeking certification through the MAWQCP.
The grant awards up to $5000.00 to eligible producers implementing agricultural best management practices. This grant will supplement the cost of the practice as an add-on after other public funds are applied, not to exceed a total public payment cost of 75%. (Additional funds for CRP are not allowed in this grant program.)
Grant applications are reviewed as received. Eligible practices are identified by the MAWQCP certifying agent and approved by the MDA staff. Applications for the MAWQCP Financial Assistance Grant have no application deadline and are awarded on a first come basis until all funds are expended. Apply online.
MAWQCP Farm Business Management Scholarship
The MAWQCP Farm Business Management Scholarship Program provides scholarships to water quality certified producers to learn business management strategies that will lead to profitable and competitive farming operations. The Minnesota Farm Business Management Program (FBM) is a one on one student led program designed to provide education to farm owners and operators with the purpose of assisting students in meeting their business and personal goals. The program focuses on using quality records and sound business decisions with tools such as the FINBIN Farm Financial Database.
This scholarship is available to Minnesota producers who are already certified through the MAWQCP. If awarded, the student must also complete a farm financial analysis with their FBM instructor.
The scholarship awards $140 per credit (approximately 75% of the cost of tuition) for new FBM students in their first and/or second semester of the FBM program and $90 per credit (approximately 50% the cost of tuition) for returning students in their third semester or beyond. Students must enroll in a minimum of 2 credits per semester, or 4 per academic year, with a maximum of 10 credits per year.
Applications are reviewed as received. The deadline for Spring Semester is March1, 2022. Scholarships are awarded on a first come basis until all funds are expended. To apply, work with your FBM instructor to complete the scholarship application. Find an FBM instructor, if you don’t already have one.