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, or local government entities 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

We will accept applications until 4:00 pm Central Time on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

This is a new AGRI Grant program, so carefully read the full Request for Proposals (RFP) for eligibility and requirements; then apply online.

Contact us if you have questions or need this information in an alternative format.

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.