We're no longer accepting applications for the 2021 program. Details on this page apply to the 2021 round of funding. The next application period opens in fall 2022.

The AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant offers designated grants to facilitate the start-up, modernization, or expansion of meat, poultry, egg, and milk processing businesses. The intent of the program is to increase sales of Minnesota-raised livestock products by investing in equipment and physical improvements that support processing, capacity, market diversification, and market access.

Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Individuals, farmers, businesses, agricultural cooperatives, local governments, and Tribal governments are eligible to apply. You must explain how your project will increase the sales of Minnesota-raised livestock products and/or increase market access. This program aims to fund projects that impact many farmers.

We will prioritize projects that create additional meat/poultry slaughter capacity and add resiliency in the supply chain, in addition to projects that increase access to Kosher/Halal markets.

Amount Available

We expect to award up to $750,000 in Fiscal Year 2022. Grantees must provide a cash match of at least 50% of the total project cost for the first $25,000, and 75% of the total cost after that. The maximum award is $150,000, and the minimum award is $1,000.

Applying

The 2021 application period has ended. We expect the next application period to begin in the fall of 2022; check back for updated program materials.

To learn more about the program and start planning a project for next year, read last year's Request for Proposals (RFP). This grant program is subject to change so you should read the updated RFP when it's posted. You can also review the list of past projects and request a copy of an application to help you prepare.

If you need this information in an alternative format, please contact the program administrator.

Relationship to the AGRI Value-Added Grant

Meat, poultry, egg, and milk processors may also apply for the AGRI Value-Added Grant, but livestock-related applicants will not be prioritized as they have in past years. The AGRI Value-Added Grant is open to all eligible value-added businesses (including bioenergy producers) to invest in equipment, with the same intent of increasing sales of Minnesota agricultural products by investing in production capacity, market diversification, and market access for value-added products.

If an application is not selected or is only partially funded for the AGRI Meat, Poultry, Egg, and Milk Processing Grant, it will automatically be considered for the AGRI Value-Added Grant expected to launch in January 2022. We will send out reviewer comments and applications may be revised until the deadline.